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Ancelotti hails goal hero Kalou
Published : 22 Oct 2009 07:29:00
Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti hailed the performance of two-goal striker Salomon Kalou as the Blues took a giant stride towards the Champions League knock-out stage with an easy win over Atletico Madrid. Kalou, who missed two easy chances early on, scored in each half during the 4-0 victory. His efforts were followed by Frank Lampard's first strike in open play for the club this season and an own goal from Luis Perea. The win left Chelsea in firm control of Group D. They are eight points ahead of Atletico and three in front of second-placed Porto, and Ancelotti was more than happy. "I prefer to talk about the good performance because we did well," said Ancelotti. "The first half was more difficult because Atletico had good opportunities. "The match was in the balance. But after Kalou's first goal, we did a good match, a good transition into attack and played very well. "Kalou is an important player for us because, when we are without (Didier) Drogba, he can play and play well. For him, it was very important to score. Also for us. He played very well for us."