Chelsea got their Champions League campaign off to the perfect start with victory over Bayern Leverkusen on Tuesday, and winger Florent Malouda believes the Blues had to be patient in their search for the win.
Second half goals from the returning David Luiz and Spaniard Juan Mata secured the opening group game win, while the misfiring Fernando Torres provided assists for both goals.
Andre Villas-Boas' side were kept at bay in the first half, after seeing Torres' flicked effort ruled out for offside, and even needed Petr Cech to come to rescue to deny Michael Ballack, and Malouda says the side should be delighted with the result.
"We had a tough opposition. Leverkusen played very well I think in the first half we had possession but had to be patient," said Malouda. "Until we scored the first we were not sure to win so had to push them hard, and that's what we did.
"When David Luiz was injured [early in the second half] there was a little moment where we were in between positions and we had to be patient and went back to being calm.
"We knew we would have possibilities to score and that's what we did. For me it was a perfect match, a perfect start and we have to carry on."
On his Champions League managerial debut, Villas-Boas had the luxury of being able to leave out John Terry, while Frank Lampard and Nicolas Anelka came on as second half substitutes.
With Chelsea fighting on four fronts this season, squad rotation will be vital to ensuring the club's leading lights are fit and firing at the business end of the season, and despite perhaps being a victim of that Malouda believes it's a policy that will pay off.
"We know this year with the quality we have in the squad there will be a big turnover. Every player plays internationals and we have a lot of games so to achieve our goals we know we have to be fresh and there is competition for places," he added.
"Most important is the team and with that team spirit we can go very far."
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