Scolari hails Kalou performance

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Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari hailed the form of fit-again front-man Salomon Kalou after he tormented Portsmouth in Wednesday night's 4-0 Carling Cup victory.

Kalou scored the crucial equaliser in Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Saturday - and at Fratton Park he created two goals and then bagged the fourth.

"Kalou is better than he was 20 days ago when he arrived from the Olympic Games in bad condition," said Scolari. "It was different training at the Olympics than we do at Cobham, he had different food. Now he is in very good condition."

He added: "We have the same Kalou we had (in pre-season) in China and in Russia. He is in good condition and that is very good for us.

"In that position we have Joe Cole, Kalou, Florent Malouda and in the future Deco. It is good for me."

Frank Lampard opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Michael Ballack had been fouled carelessly by Nadri Belhadj.

Malouda added the second after being teed up by Kalou and Lampard bundled in the third when Portsmouth goalkeeper David James failed to hold Kalou's cross.

The Ivorian then capped a dominant Chelsea performance by scoring the fourth after being allowed to dance untouched into the box.

Portsmouth have now conceded 10 in their last two matches and boss Harry Redknapp said: "People have been making mistakes in the last two games that don't usually make mistakes. Hopefully we can move on now.

"We haven't been leaking goals all season but we have had two games now. Chelsea are a fantastic team, a different class, but the goals were poor."

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