Luiz Felipe Scolari declared victory against Aston Villa as his most satisfying result as Chelsea boss as his side head into the international break top of the Barclays Premier League.
Joe Cole and Nicolas Anelka grabbed first-half goals at Stamford Bridge to keep Scolari's men at the summit, and they now have just under a fortnight to get injured players back into action.
"I am satisfied because we played very well," Scolari said. "For me it is the most important game this season because if we won we were in first position in the league and now we have 10 days to recuperate our players through the international break."
He added: "After, when we start the league, all our players will be in good condition."
John Terry dropped his shorts to receive treatment on his back, while Joe Cole limped off with a foot injury - but Scolari feels they will be ready to play for England against Kazakhstan and Belarus.
Of midfielder Cole's problem, Scolari said: "He got a little touch, it's nothing, a little problem on the foot. In two or three days with the national team he will be in the condition to play.
"John Terry is the same. He is a fantastic man, if he feels something he still wants to play."
Ashley Cole came through 90 minutes following a slight knock during the week, although Anelka came off at the break and may miss the first part of France's schedule.
England boss Fabio Capello watched his players from the stands, with Frank Lampard putting in a box-to-box display in Chelsea's midfield.
"He played very, very well - I said it two times not once," said Scolari. Villa boss Martin O'Neill agreed, adding: "He was absolutely outstanding. I think he is an outstanding player."
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