The Guardian, Dominic Fifield: “Chelsea have their light relief. Some two months of mounting frustration were taken out on Ipswich to offer the defending Premier League champions and FA Cup holders a reminder that their scintillating early‑season form can still be replicated. There was no manic celebration from Carlo Ancelotti on the sidelines but a playful wave to those in the Matthew Harding stand chanting his name. It was not one of farewell.”
Daily Telegraph, Jeremy Wilson: “The depth of Chelsea’s squad had always reduced the possibility for significant rotation today but, in Josh McEachran and Daniel Sturridge, there is also hope that an ageing squad can be partially renewed. Sturridge’s two excellent finishes were what most caught the eye but the selfless industry of McEachran was arguably more impressive. At Just 17, McEachran was superb breaking up the play and recycling possession in John Obi-Mikel’s usual holding role in front of the defence.”
Official Chelsea FC Website: “A commanding performance took Chelsea into the fourth round of the FA Cup and is certain to boost the side’s morale. It was a dominating performance from the Chelsea side, which included several young stars, and kick-started the FA Cup campaign which takes us to Goodison Park for a clash against Everton in the next round.”
“We needed to have this kind of performance and Nicolas Anelka and Frank Lampard returned to scoring but we mustn’t be excited because we have to give the same performance next week against Blackburn.
“This victory will improve our confidence and we can prepare well for the game but we will have to wait to say that everything is okay. There are some things we can do better but it was important to play good football today.
“There was a difference between the first 30 minutes of this game and the other 60.
“The first minutes there was a little bit of worry, less confidence in our play, but once we scored the first goal everything was okay.
“The first 30 minutes Ipswich played a good game and they defended well. They had two good opportunities to score but after our first goal it was more easy for us to play our football, have counter attacks and score more goals.”