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Plain sailling for Champions League heavyweight trio

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Plain sailling for Champions League heavyweight trio


Chelsea began their bid for a first Champions League crown on Wednesday night with a solid 4-1 win at competition debutants Zilina of Slovakia.

The Londoners cruised to a 3-0 halftime lead with two goals by Nicolas Anelka and one for Michael

Daniel Sturridge added the fourth three minutes after the restart with Tomas Oravec saving face for the Slovakian hosts.

The win carried on Chelsea’s devastating start to the new season in which they have won their first four league games and scored 17 goals in the process.

Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti was over the moon with his side’s latest triumph.

“If I have to judge the game I am very very happy because it is not very easy in the Champions League to win four-one away.”

Jose Mourinho started his European campaign in charge of Real Madrid on a winning note after his new club beat four-times winners Ajax 2-0.

Mourinho guided Inter to a treble-winning season last term which ended in a 2-0 victory against Bayern Munich for European glory.

Real, who have failed to progress beyond the last 16 in the past six season, will now be hoping ‘The Special One’ can bring his winning magic to Madrid as the capital club begin their quest for a tenth European title.

Real’s performance on Wednesday night was far from impressive, but the amount of squandered chances in front of goal by the clubs mulit million euro signings could still cause some fans unrest.

But Mounrinho seemed pleased with the progression of play from his team, who have begun the domestic season in an unconvincing fashion.

‘‘I’ve seen many Madrid matches in the recent years and often goalkeeper Ikar Casillas has been the best player on the pitch, many times. In the last three games he has not touched the ball”

Arsenal entered the Champions league group stage with a big bang that made their rivals sit up and take note.

The London club demolished Portuguese side Braga 6-0 with captain Cesc Fabregas in inspirational form.

The Gunners ran riot at the Emirates with a sensational display of collective football and skill. A display that makes it hard to believe the club are trophyless in five years.

The devastating performance was not however a surprise to the boss, Arsene Wenger.

“We played the game we wanted to play, a high pace, top technical quality and with a lot of creative attitude and good concentration and good collective spirit.”

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