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Patient Blues please Di Matteo

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Ramires took the plaudits from Di Matteo. (©GettyImages)
Ramires took the plaudits from Di Matteo. (©GettyImages).

Chelsea assistant manager Roberto Di Matteo was happy with his side's patient performance in the victory over Portsmouth.

The Blues ran-out 4-0 victories over Michael Appleton's, although three late strikes at Stamford Bridge helped put a gloss on the scoreline for the Barclays Premier League outfit.

And, whilst Di Matteo was happy to admit that Pompey made it difficult for Andre Villas-Boas' side throughout the tie, he was pleased with the all-round performance of the experienced Chelsea side.

"It was a good all-round performance. Portsmouth made life very difficult, particularly in the first half, but it was a matter of scoring the first goal, and we were always confident we would be able to do that and then push on," Di Matteo told the official Chelsea website.

"We knew that after we had gone in front chances to score a second would come, and that's exactly what happened later in the second half. I think it was probably a bit harsh on Portsmouth in the end given the way they defended and their good organisation, but we deserved our goals."

On the strong team selection, the former West Brom boss was quick to point out that it was never the club's intention to play a weakened side, with the west London outfit showing full respect to the competition.

Di Matteo also reserved praise for Brazilian midfielder Ramires, who added two more goals to his personal tally in a three minute spell, whilst Frank Lampard was again imperious throughout.

"I don't think we ever said we weren't going to play a strong team, it's a cup we would like to win and today we have moved a step closer to that target," added the Italian.

"His [Ramires] goals from midfield certainly help, but he's not the only one, we have a few goalscoring midfielders - but I really enjoyed his second goal today."

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