Chelsea chief looks forward to the new campaign

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Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas was impressed with his side as they comfortably overcame Rangers in the Battle of Britain at Ibrox.

Nikica Jelavic's header sparked Chelsea into action and Daniel Sturridge's double, followed by Florent Malouda's picture book third gives the Blues' Portuguese manager encouragement ahead of another potentially bruising encounter against Stoke City next weekend.

Despite revealing an injury to John Obi Mikel, Villas-Boas is delighted by Chelsea's preparation heading into the new season.


"I was pretty happy with what happened on the pitch, we created plenty of chances and could have even got one step further in the score," he said.

"I think it was a good test for us again, the logic we applied in this game was to continue to distribute the minutes between everyone, which we did – balancing the timesheet in terms of a very equal pre-season for everybody.

"For all the changes that we made we are still happy with what we did. It is now one week for the international break, which affects us of course, hopefully not with anyone getting injured but you can't rule it out.

"From Thursday we will start preparing for the Stoke game. We have been thinking about the decision on the first XI all along but the international break could have an influence on the decision which is made for the first game.

"The players have been through a very very good pre-season and the signals are very good, hopefully the three days we have after the internationals – and we're pleased to play on a Sunday to give us an extra day - can help us make a wise decision to present a good starting XI to allow us to win the first competitive game."

Victory over Rangers gives Chelsea a 100% record in pre-season heading into the new season, after seven wins, scoring 15 goals and conceding just one following the appointment of Villas-Boas, form that will give many Blues fans encouragement that the former Porto chief's early success can lead to trophies in his first season in English football.

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