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Luiz Felipe Scolari enjoyed the perfect start to his Stamford Bridge reign as Chelsea swept to an impressive 4-0 victory over Portsmouth.

A woeful defensive display from the FA Cup finalists contributed to their downfall but, inspired by the promptings of new signing Deco, Chelsea put down an early marker to their title rivals.

The Blues took the lead on 12 minutes when Joe Cole finished clinically past David James following a superb pass from Michael Ballack.

Nicolas Anelka then headed home from close range after poor goalkeeping from James and Frank Lampard celebrated his new contract by slamming home a penalty in first-half injury-time after Sylvain Distin was penalised for handball.

Pompey tightened up for most of the second half before Deco capped an eye-catching debut with a goal a minute from time when his vicious shot from 25 yards was helped into the net by Jam
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