The Guardian, Dominic Fifield: “The competition may change, the advertising hoardings spinning to proclaim Champions League or Premier League or Carling Cup, but Chelsea’s swashbuckling home form remains a constant. A tenth consecutive win here, achieved gracefully and impressively last night, has propelled Carlo Ancelotti’s team into the quarter-finals. This side feels untouchable in these environs.”
Daily Telegraph, John Ley: “If Chelsea were to follow the in-vogue trend for seeking stadium naming rights, they should simply change their stadium to Fortress Stamford Bridge after claiming a 10th straight home win and ninth of the season. They also extended their run without conceding a goal at home to an impressive 13 hours and two minutes.”
The Times, Patrick Barclay: “Maybe Bolton Wanderers were trying to lull Carlo Ancelotti, relatively new as he is to English football, into a false sense of security before the Barclays Premier League fixture between these clubs at the Reebok Stadium on Saturday.”
Official Chelsea FC Website: “The team may have been much changed, but the result remains the same. A tenth successive victory at Stamford Bridge in all competitions has put Chelsea into the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup.”
Carlo Ancelotti: “The most important thing is to play well and win a game. Now it happened that we won with large results but that is not so important for us because the last three matches we have played very well.
“On the pitch the team maintains good control, good position defensively and offensively, and the most important thing for a team is to have a balance.”
Gary Megson: “We were nowhere near what we can and have produced. The fans gave us their backing all the way through, they sang and cheered, and we didn’t give them a performance, which was disappointing because they deserve better.
“We will face Chelsea again on Saturday and we will make our changes. We now have two days to make sure that the work on the training ground won’t go to waste.”