Chelsea head coach Carlo Ancelotti praised John Terry for a fine performance in the 2-0 win over Arsenal which came just a couple of days after the defender lost the England captaincy.
Terry had a hand in both Didier Drogba goals at Stamford Bridge, seemingly recovering well from the shock of being axed by national team head coach Fabio Capello.
Ancelotti said: "John is the perfect captain for Chelsea. 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 Fabio Capello, but I did not meet with Terry afterwards."
Meanwhile, Ancelotti was pleased with his side's overall defensive display, adding: "We did some fantastic defensive work.
"We tried to score more but we worked together for 90 minutes. Sometimes you have to defend.
"We were winning 2-0 and it was important to defend. The defenders, midfielders and strikers did a fantastic job. Petr Cech was in control for 90 minutes.
"Arsenal produced some fantastic attacking play so it was not easy. Maybe they had more possession than us but this is not football. Football is attack, defence and results also. We deserved to win."