Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti paid tribute to his "perfect" captain John Terry after two goals from Didier Drogba put the Blues back on top of the Barclays Premier League.
Terry, stripped of the England captaincy by England boss Fabio Capello after a week of lurid headlines about his private life, produced a typically inspirational performance that won more plaudits from his club boss in a 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge.
"John is the perfect captain for Chelsea," said Ancelotti. "My captain has a fantastic attitude. He is doing very well in every game.
"It is very important for the team to have this leadership. He was always in control of the game. He has a strong mentality.
"He is working for his club and we are happy to have this performance from him in this moment.
"The England captaincy was not my decision and I do not want to judge about this decision. I knew John met Capello but I did not meet with him (John) afterwards."