Chelsea coach Luiz Felipe Scolari applauded Jose Bosingwa for "a beautiful goal" which propelled his side to victory at Stoke.
Former Porto full-back Bosingwa scored his first goal for the club after 36 minutes and also set up substitute Nicolas Anelka 14 minutes from time in the 2-0 win.
Scolari said: "The Stoke defenders made a little mistake because they were watching other players, not Bosingwa. They did not see him arrive in this position and he made a beautiful goal. He is good for us."
He added: "Bosingwa is the right height, jumps well and also does the job of covering the defenders.
"He started out as a midfielder but then when he went to Porto, the coach converted him to right-back.
"Bosingwa has a lot of energy and power. He has improved a lot and has arrived in the national team. He is now a good right-back."
The victory stretched Chelsea's unbeaten league run to 27 games and Scolari was pleased with the way his team went about their business.
He added: "It is impossible to play beautiful football all the time and it was difficult against Stoke.
"Whenever we made a mistake they arrived and tried to put the ball in the box. We had to pay attention. But we kept our shape and that was important. It was fantastic to get a win like this as Stoke created only one or two chances.
"We always want to play football but sometimes the other team does not think that way. They just want to live off your mistakes."
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