Di Matteo surprised by Chelsea rout of QPR

Chelsea interim manager Roberto Di Matteo has admitted he did not expect his side to find the form to hit six goals against Queens Park Rangers on Sunday, Press Association has reported.

A Fernando Torres hat-trick and goals from Daniel Sturridge, John Terry and Florent Malouda emphatically decided the West London derby in the favour of the Champions League finalists, and dented the R’s hopes of Premier League survival in the process. Djibril Cisse scored a late consolation for Mark Hughes’ team as the match finished 6-1.

Di Matteo, who made six changes to the side that progressed past Barcelona last week, said: “I’m very pleased with the way we played and the result. I have to say the team surprised me as well. I wasn’t expecting but I was hoping – they really put in a great performance.

Sturridge opened the scoring after less than 50 seconds of play, putting an effort beyond Rangers goalkeeper Paddy Kenny. Within 30 minutes Chelsea were leading 4-0, Terry converting a corner and Torres bagging the first two of his treble. Torres made it 5-0 to Chelsea just after the hour mark with his hat-trick goal while a late Malouda strike from close range rounding out the scoring.

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