Chelsea produced a ruthless display to thrash Wolves and progress to the fourth round of the Capital One Cup as skipper John Terry returned to action.
Three goals in the first 16 minutes set the tone before Oriol Romeu, Fernando Torres and Victor Moses found the net.
Gary Cahill opened the scoring with a header, before Ryan Bertrand and Juan Mata added two more before half-time.
Romeu then scored a penalty, Torres netted a header and Moses added the sixth from substitute Oscar's cross.
Having spent the morning at Wembley defending himself against an FA charge of misconduct , Terry captained the side and enjoyed some respite in front of his adoring fans.
The Chelsea captain was a virtual spectator as he was treated to his side's biggest win for almost two years as Stamford Bridge serenaded him with chants of "there's only one England captain," some 48 hours after he announced his retirement from international football.
Chelsea gave debuts to Cesar Azpilicueta and Lucas Piazon, while Wolves opted to rest 10 players and were behind after four minutes when Cahill stooped to head in Juan Mata's free kick at the far post.
Chelsea on the march
- Chelsea have won the competition in 1965, 1998, 2005 and 2007.
- This was the 104th meeting between the sides. Chelsea have now won 40 times, Wolves 38 and there have been 26 draws.
- Wolves last won at Stamford Bridge in a Division One clash in March 1979.
Chelsea's youngsters, who looked lively throughout, then combined for the second goal in the seventh minute. Romeu's shot was saved by Wolves goalkeeper Dorus De Vries but Piazon kept the ball alive and turned it back for an unmarked Bertrand to blast home.
The third goal was an exhibition from the established stars in the team, Mata starting and finishing a flowing move, exchanging passes with both Ramires and Torres before finishing expertly.
It was not all plain sailing for Chelsea, however. First David Davis saw his strike tipped over before Slawomir Peszko surged clear of Terry and Cahill and rounded Ross Turnbull before shooting into the side netting.
Chelsea maintained their momentum after the interval when De Vries brought Moses down, allowing Romeu to score his first goal for the club from the penalty spot.
Torres got in on the act when he powered home a 58th-minute header from Mata's corner before Oscar crossed for Moses to power home his first Chelsea goal on his full debut with 19 minutes remaining to complete a perfect night for Roberto di Matteo's side.
Chelsea assistant manager Eddie Newton:
"This was a very impressive win. What most impressed was that the boys stuck to task and did the things the right way. It is very easy to get casual when you go two or three up early on but the boys didn't and they continued through to the end.
"It was pleasing to be able to rotate the squad as much as we did and still field a very strong side. It is about having a squad capable of challenging on all four fronts.
"We are not worried about putting markers down for anybody, it is about taking care of business and doing the best that we can do."
Wolves manager Stale Solbakken:
"Obviously we had thought about this a lot before doing it [making 10 changes for the game].
"There was a risk that something like this could happen but we were punished at the beginning of the game with a soft set piece goal. Then came another goal and obviously that made it hard for the young boys in the team.
"There is no one else to blame but me and it is a calculated risk that I would do again because we have had three games in six days and have got three games in seven coming up."
- 22 Turnbull
- 24 Cahill
- 26 Terry
- 28 Azpilicueta
- 34 Bertrand
- 06 Romeu
- 07 Ramires (Oscar - 59' )
- 13 Moses
- 09 Torres (Hazard - 78' )
- 10 Mata (Marin - 70' )
- 35 Piazon
- 40 Hilario
- 04 Luiz
- 19 Ferreira
- 11 Oscar
- 12 Mikel
- 17 Hazard
- 21 Marin
- 31 De Vries
- 05 Stearman
- 23 Zubar
- 25 Batth
- 34 Margreitter
- 04 Edwards
- 07 Peszko (Ismail - 83' )
- 12 Hunt (Forde - 46' )
- 17 Boukhari (Nouble - 63' )
- 26 Davis
- 15 Sigurdarson
- 13 Ikeme
- 32 Foley
- 22 Jonsson
- 27 Forde
- 41 Price
- 47 Ismail
- 18 Nouble
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.90:00 +1:49
Short corner taken by Eden Hazard.90:00 +0:55
Cesar Azpilicueta sends in a cross, clearance made by Georg Margreitter.88:34
Foul by Emboaba Oscar on Zeli Ismail, free kick awarded. Anthony Forde crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, clearance made by John Terry.85:32
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Cahill by Frank Nouble. Direct free kick taken by Gary Cahill.84:52
The ball is sent over by Lucas Piazon, Dorus De Vries makes a save.82:31 Substitution
Substitution Slawomir Peszko goes off and Zeli Ismail comes on.79:40
Cesar Azpilicueta takes a shot. Comfortable save by Dorus De Vries.77:50 Substitution
Substitution Eden Hazard on for Fernando Torres.77:11
Slawomir Peszko delivers the ball, Frank Nouble takes a shot. Blocked by Gary Cahill.75:54
The ball is crossed by Frank Nouble, Ross Turnbull makes a save.74:42
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Marko Marin played to the near post, Slawomir Peszko makes a clearance.74:27
Fernando Torres takes a shot. Save by Dorus De Vries.74:00
The ball is sent over by Frank Nouble, save made by Ross Turnbull.73:14
A cross is delivered by Cesar Azpilicueta, clearance by Richard Stearman.71:58
Emboaba Oscar takes a shot.71:20
Anthony Forde takes a shot from 35 yards and missed to the left of the target.70:16
The assist for the goal came from Emboaba Oscar.70:16 Goal scored
Goal! - Victor Moses - Chelsea 6 - 0 Wolves Victor Moses grabs a headed goal from deep inside the penalty area. Chelsea 6-0 Wolverhampton.70:04
Emboaba Oscar crosses the ball,
Emboaba Oscar takes the direct free kick.69:02 Substitution
Substitution Marko Marin replaces Juan Mata.69:02
Slawomir Peszko concedes a free kick for a foul on Emboaba Oscar.68:28
The ball is delivered by Anthony Forde, save by Ross Turnbull.67:23
Fernando Torres takes a shot. Richard Stearman gets a block in.67:03
Ryan Bertrand takes a shot. Save by Dorus De Vries.66:52
Emboaba Oscar takes a shot. Blocked by Danny Batth.65:30
The official flags Juan Mata offside. Dorus De Vries takes the free kick.65:06
Corner taken short by Emboaba Oscar.64:49
Cesar Azpilicueta crosses the ball, clearance by David Davis.63:22
Unfair challenge on Cesar Azpilicueta by Bjorn Sigurdarson results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Cesar Azpilicueta.62:56 Substitution
Substitution Frank Nouble joins the action as a substitute, replacing Razak Boukari.60:59
Free kick awarded for a foul by Oriol Romeu on Slawomir Peszko. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Anthony Forde from right channel, John Terry manages to make a clearance.58:38 Substitution
Substitution Emboaba Oscar is brought on as a substitute for Nascimento Ramires.58:25
Effort from outside the penalty box by Anthony Forde goes wide right of the target.57:26
Assist by Juan Mata.57:26 Goal scored
Goal! - Fernando Torres - Chelsea 5 - 0 Wolves Fernando Torres finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Chelsea 5-0 Wolverhampton.57:07
Inswinging corner taken by Juan Mata,56:57
Fernando Torres takes a shot. Blocked by Danny Batth.55:22
Centre by Razak Boukari, Shot by Slawomir Peszko from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.52:37
Assist on the goal came from Victor Moses.52:37 Goal scored
Goal! - Oriol Romeu - Chelsea 4 - 0 Wolves Penalty taken right-footed by Oriol Romeu and scored. Chelsea 4-0 Wolverhampton.51:33
Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Victor Moses by Dorus De Vries.49:25
Free kick awarded for a foul by Oriol Romeu on Razak Boukari. Anthony Forde delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, save made by Ross Turnbull.48:35
Oriol Romeu challenges Razak Boukari unfairly and gives away a free kick. Richard Stearman takes the direct free kick.47:51
Corner taken left-footed by Juan Mata, save made by Dorus De Vries.46:54
The ball is swung over by Anthony Forde.45:01
The second half begins.45:01 Substitution
Substitution Anthony Forde comes on in place of Stephen Hunt.45:00 +1:38 Half time
Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.45:00 +1:02
Unfair challenge on Fernando Torres by Danny Batth results in a free kick.44:20
Slawomir Peszko concedes a free kick for a foul on Nascimento Ramires. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Juan Mata.43:24
Corner taken by Lucas Piazon played to the near post, clearance by David Edwards.43:10
Juan Mata delivers the ball, clearance by Danny Batth.42:51
Corner taken by Juan Mata from the right by-line, Ronald Zubar makes a clearance.42:25
Lucas Piazon takes a shot. Blocked by Razak Boukari.41:31
Ronald Zubar gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Cesar Azpilicueta. Free kick crossed left-footed by Juan Mata from right wing, clearance by Razak Boukari.40:56
Victor Moses sends in a cross.38:21
Gary Cahill takes a shot. Comfortable save by Dorus De Vries.37:58
Centre by Cesar Azpilicueta.36:49
Fernando Torres has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the target.34:30
Lucas Piazon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Batth. David Edwards restarts play with the free kick.32:41
Danny Batth challenges Lucas Piazon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Juan Mata has an effort direct from the free kick.31:18
Nascimento Ramires produces a cross, clearance by Georg Margreitter.30:03
Cesar Azpilicueta delivers the ball, clearance made by Richard Stearman.28:44
Corner taken by Stephen Hunt, Danny Batth gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Fernando Torres. Ross Turnbull takes the free kick.28:28
The ball is crossed by Ronald Zubar, Victor Moses makes a clearance.24:47
Effort from deep inside the area by Slawomir Peszko misses to the right of the target.24:18
Lucas Piazon concedes a free kick for a foul on David Edwards. Danny Batth takes the free kick.23:13
Shot by Slawomir Peszko went wide left of the target.22:32
Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Hunt on Lucas Piazon. Juan Mata restarts play with the free kick.21:26
Corner taken by Stephen Hunt from the right by-line to the near post, John Terry manages to make a clearance.21:09
David Davis takes a shot. Save by Ross Turnbull.20:30
Foul by Cesar Azpilicueta on Stephen Hunt, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Ronald Zubar.18:47
Razak Boukari challenges Oriol Romeu unfairly and gives away a free kick. Juan Mata takes the free kick.16:45
The assist for the goal came from Fernando Torres.16:45 Goal scored
Goal! - Juan Mata - Chelsea 3 - 0 Wolves Juan Mata finds the net with a goal from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Chelsea 3-0 Wolverhampton.16:26
Centre by Cesar Azpilicueta, clearance by Richard Stearman.15:21
Effort from outside the box by Cesar Azpilicueta goes wide right of the target.12:23
Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Cahill on Razak Boukari. Razak Boukari delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, clearance made by John Terry.11:45
Shot by Nascimento Ramires from outside the box goes high over the target.11:28
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Lucas Piazon, Danny Batth makes a clearance.11:14
Centre by Ryan Bertrand, clearance made by Richard Stearman.9:46
The ball is delivered by Cesar Azpilicueta.7:01
The assist for the goal came from Lucas Piazon.7:01 Goal scored
Goal! - Ryan Bertrand - Chelsea 2 - 0 Wolves A goal is scored by Ryan Bertrand from the edge of the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Chelsea 2-0 Wolverhampton.6:45
Oriol Romeu takes a shot. Save by Dorus De Vries.5:56
The ball is crossed by Fernando Torres.3:18
Juan Mata provided the assist for the goal.3:18 Goal scored
Goal! - Gary Cahill - Chelsea 1 - 0 Wolves Gary Cahill grabs a headed goal from close in. Chelsea 1-0 Wolverhampton.2:25
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ronald Zubar on Victor Moses. Juan Mata delivers the ball,1:27
The ball is sent over by Ryan Bertrand, save by Dorus De Vries.0:00
The game kicks-off.
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