A drop of red: Bordeaux find Luiz Felipe Scolari's Chelsea vintage far too classy

Chelsea 4 Bordeaux 0

According to Luiz Felipe Scolari, Chelsea stunk the place out last night. They were poor in possession. Wasteful in front of goal. A waste, seemingly, of space.

It was nonsense, of course, Chelsea's manager no doubt delivering his speech with Sunday's meeting with Manchester United very much in mind.

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Enlarge   Joe Cole

Heads we win: Joe Cole (far left) nods Chelsea's second goal

A case of guarding against complacency, having seen his side attack with such pace that they did occasionally lose control of the ball.

The damn fools. Privately, however, Scolari is sure to reflect on this and the sight of Frank Lampard and Joe Cole scoring with two perfectly executed headers and wonder how this competition ever claimed the jobs of his three immediate predecessors.

His side made Champions League football look ridiculously easy last night, a further two goals in the second half against a lousy Bordeaux representing what would already  seem to be the first steps on a long march to the final in Rome.

The competition has been cruel to Chelsea in recent years and the empty seats here at Stamford Bridge might well have been a reflection of that. John Terry has said the scars of Moscow will never heal.

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Expressive: Scolari has moulded a team in his own effervescent image

Add their three semi-final losses to the heartache of defeat against Manchester United last May and there are probably those who would rather they did not bother entering.

For Scolari, though, there are no such scars and there is no such hangover. This was his first encounter with Europe's elite and his side were so in control he even had time to panic at the sight of Marouane Chamakh flying over an advertising hoarding and landing in a heap on concrete.

You have to hand it to the Brazilian. His facial expressions are wonderful. He was every bit as animated not just in the way he celebrated the four goals but in the way he cursed the few mistakes his players made.

That Joe Cole, like Lampard, scored with his head was remarkable enough. That he did so with a head full of stitches against what Laurent Blanc described as 'three big blokes' made it all the more amazing.

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Frank Lampard

Cool head: Lampard (front) begins the rout

But the England midfielder still appeared to get a ticking-off when Scolari eventually replaced him with Juliano Belletti in the 74th minute. High standards, indeed.

Not for the first time this season, Chelsea were mightily impressive.

They appear to be thriving in the system Scolari has created as well as in the freedom their Brazilian manager has given them.

Bordeaux coach Blanc noted how Ashley Cole and Jose Bosingwa were 'playing like wingers' and Cole certainly seems to be enjoying life now the shackles fitted by Jose Mourinho have come off.

Bosingwa has added an extra dimension to Chelsea's attacking play and so, perhaps more significantly, has Deco.

Chelsea have become hugely enjoyable to watch, defensively disciplined but daring and direct when going forward. Never mind that Bosingwa was at times berated by Scolari for being too cavalier.

He was a major reason why Bordeaux were so comprehensively beaten. That Didier Drogba has made just one appearance as a substitute merely emphasises their considerable quality.

He was suspended last night after missing the start of the season with injury but is bound to start this weekend at the expense of Nicolas Anelka.

If it is tough on Anelka, who has now scored two goals in as many games, it will be even harder on United.

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Nicolas Anelka

Touch of class: Anelka (right) adds the gloss to a fine performance

A good Bordeaux should always travel well but Blanc deserves the coaching award he received last season for guiding these chaps to second in the French league.

They were no match for a Chelsea side lifted by the news of Terry's availability for United on Sunday and never looked like responding the moment Lampard secured the lead in the 14th minute.

In 90 minutes, they did not actually managed a single shot on goal. No wonder Scolari was angry.

Chelsea might have winced when they gave Lampard a massive new contract at the age of 30 but they can hardly accuse him of failing to earn his money.

As well as providing the assists for Chelsea's second and third goals, he timed his run brilliantly to meet Bosingwa's cross with a terrific header.

An own goal very nearly followed when Fernando forced a fine save from Ulrich Rame, but there was nothing the Bordeaux goalkeeper could do to deny Joe Cole in the 30th minute.

Lampard delivered the corner and his team-mate rose above those big brutes to guide a header past the Frenchman.

Chelsea were so comfortable. So in control. Lampard squandered an opportunity to move ahead of Drogba as Chelsea's most prolific scorer on the continent but made amends by then providing the delightful back-heel that enabled Florent Malouda to add his name to the scoresheet eight minutes from time.

The finish, rather like the final ball, was a fine one. On the touchline Scoalri continued to curse.

This was garbage after all - a fourth Chelsea goal failing to appease the Brazilian perfectionist, probably because Anelka simply seized on a rebound after Rame had diverted a missile of a shot from Belletti on to his crossbar.

Up in the directors' box, Roman Abramovich appeared to be rather more impressed than his manager. 'Let's have more of this rubbish,' the Russian doubtless declared.

CHELSEA (4-3-2-1): Cech 6; Bosingwa 8, Carvalho 7, Terry 7, A Cole 7; Deco 7 (Ballack 61 7), Obi 7, Lampard 8; J Cole 8 (Belletti 74 7), Malouda 7 (Kalou 84); Anelka 6. Booked: Deco.

BORDEAUX (4-2-3-1): Rame 5; Jurietti 5, Diawara 5, Planus 5, Placente 5; Diarra 5, Fernando 5 (Ducasse 76); Gouffran 5 (Obertan 65 5), Gourcuff 6, Wendel 4; Chamakh 6 (Cavenaghi 65 5).
Man of the match: Joe Cole.
Referee: P Vink (Holland).