Anelka books top spot for smooth Blues

<strong>FC PORTO (0)</strong> vs <strong>CHELSEA (1)</strong><br /><br />CHELSEA boss Carlo Ancelotti spoke of his delight after the Blues finished top of Group D with an impressive away victory over Porto.<br /><br />Striker Nicolas Anelka netted a third successive winning goal for Ancelotti&rsquo;s side in the Champions League, heading home Florent Malouda&rsquo;s 69th minute cross to put paid to the Portuguese side.<br /><br />&ldquo;It was important because it was our objective to finish top of the group,&rdquo; Ancelotti said. &ldquo;We did very well because it is not easy to win here.<br /><br />&ldquo;The team played well. We took some risks in the first half but the second half was better and we deserved the victory.<br /><br />&ldquo;The team showed courage and personality, not all the time, but in spells. We are in a good moment and it is important to keep this high. The players are in a good condition mentally and we know we have a difficult game against Arsenal on Sunday but it is a good time to play against them.&rdquo;<br /><br />With both sides already through to the knockout stage, it was just top spot to play for, although Chelsea, who fielded a strong side, were slightly fortunate not to go behind when goalkeeper Petr Cech saved well from Radamel Falcao and Fernando Belluschi.<br /><br />Former Porto midfielder Deco then fired a 20-yard drive the wrong side of Beto&rsquo;s left-hand upright before flashing a shot just wide after the break as Chelsea pressed.<br /><br />But the Blues finally broke the deadlock on 69 minutes when Russian full-back Yuri Zhirkov broke down the left and played in France winger Malouda, whose cross was headed home from close range by his compatriot Anelka.<br /><br />Zhirkov denied substitute Hulk an equaliser with a clearance minutes later before Cech then thwarted the same player with nine minutes left to ensure victory for the Blues.