Chelsea turned in their best display under interim manager Rafael Benitez with a second-half Capital One Cup destruction of old enemies Leeds at Elland Road.
Searching questions had been asked of the Spaniard after Chelsea took just five points from four Barclays Premier League games since he replaced Roberto Di Matteo late last month, but after this 5-1 win thanks to goals from Juan Mata, Branislav Ivanovic, Victor Moses, Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres, the former Liverpool manager could not hide his relief.
Benitez, whose side only returned from Japan on Monday afternoon after losing in the final of the Club World Cup, said: "I'm pleased with the way that we won and pleased because we came back from Japan with jet lag, sleeping too much, players tired and still the performance was fantastic."
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