Roberto Di Matteo hailed his Chelsea players for once again "blanking out" a scandal engulfing the club after watching them thrash Norwich 4-1 to storm four points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League.

The European champions made it 19 points from 21 this season - their best start since 2006 - as they put the John Terry and Ashley Cole saga out of their minds for 90 minutes at Stamford Bridge.

Di Matteo said: "I think the results are telling us that we are able to blank things out surrounding us externally and that we could focus on what is our aim and target and job, to win football games. It's proven how professional the group is and how well they respond to it."

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