Chelsea blew Schalke away – dominating throughout and eventually running out clear 5-0 winners. John Terry rose to nod home a corner supplied by Cesc Fabregas inside 60 seconds to silence the Veltins Arena. Willian added a second and, when Jan Kirchhoff headed in an own goal two minutes before the break, the writing was on the wall.
Manager Jose Mourinho could not hide his delight after watching his Chelsea booked their place in the last 16 of the Champions League with an emphatic display with a game to spare.
Mourinho, whose side are still unbeaten this season, was thrilled with his side’s performance as they confirmed their place in the knockout stage as Group G winners.
“The team played a fantastic match,” said Mourinho. “At this moment this team is very mature and very confident.
“To win 5-0 away in the Champions League is not normal. To win 5-0 in Germany is even more not normal. The performance was complete. It was very impressive.
“We have a good team. Obviously we can lose and the bad result is waiting for us. But the reality is the team is playing very well.”
He added: “We did it and we did it with one game in advance. It is important for us in December, a difficult month, to have one game against Sporting Lisbon where we don’t need to win or need the points.”
Mourinho insisted he will still be trying to win against Sporting Lisbon at Stamford Bridge on matchday six, but the Portuguese can afford to rest some players for that game after his side ensured they will progress as pool winners.
“We are defending well because we are defending with 11 players,” added Mourinho. “We are attacking well because we are very confident in ourselves. We are a good team.
“Obviously, we can lose and maybe a bad result is waiting for us, but we are playing very well, we have big self-belief and the team is very confident.
“It’s also very important for us to have one match against Sporting where we don’t need the points, especially in December, which is a very busy month.”