Roberto Di Matteo was somewhat surprised with Chelsea's performance in their 6-1 win against Queens Park Rangers on Sunday.
"The players did extremely well today to focus on this Premier League game and I have to say that they surprised me," he told reporters.
The interim manager expected his team to show signs of fatigue against QPR after their 10-men effort against Barcelona.
"I have to be honest, after the midweek Champions League game, sometimes it is very difficult to re-focus", Di Mateo added.
A revitalised Fernando Torres scored a hat-trick to push the Blues closer to fourth place and European football for next year.
The Spanish striker was on top form and his manager hailed his performance. "He has been working hard and the goals don't always come. I was always pleased with his attitude and work-rate and it's pleasing to see the strikers score for us."
Although Stamford Bridge was singing Torres' name until the end of the game, Chelsea's team effort impressed the Italian boss.
"We played well today. We played some good football. We scored goals and we were after three points so we are pleased with the way we got them", said Di Matteo, who is waiting to find out if the club's owner will sign him as manager on a permanent basis.