Chelsea captain John Terry has hailed his side's first half performance against Sunderland on Saturday.
The Blues took an early lead in the first half through Branislav Ivanovic (5’) and Pedro (15’) before Oscar made it 3-0 from the Penalty spot - five minutes into the second half.
The game ended 3-1 in favour of the champions, with Borini scoring a goal for the Black Cats.
‘I thought the first half was an excellent performance from the boys on a big occasion,’ noted Terry, Chelsea's official website reports.
‘We needed to win and we did that. In the second half we dropped off a little but I am still delighted with the three points.
‘There was a lot of pressure before the game but we have brought that upon ourselves. I said before the game that we are big enough to stand up and be counted and in this game we needed everyone and everyone was superb. Some of the football in the first half was excellent, one- and two-touch, and we got the two-goal cushion as well.’