Anelka explains his 'Hands of Pod'
Published 22:42 15/09/10 By Mike Walters
Nicolas Anelka celebrated with the Hands of Pod after leading Chelsea on a Champions League walkover here.
Two-goal Anelka led another Blues cruise in Europe after they were advised by police to travel the 150 yards to the Pod Dubnom stadium by coach because they were in danger of being mobbed if they walked.
Chelsea switched to autopilot after going 4-0 up inside 47 minutes - and Anelka marked his goals with a coded message to the French Football Federation, who sent him home from the World Cup in disgrace.
Banned for 18 internationals by the FFF, Anelka said he would never play for France again and said of his 'handcuffs' gesture: "It was just something for the French federation about what happened at the World Cup.
"It was just a little joke, but I think the other French players will understand what it means. What happened in the summer is in the past now and I'm 100 per cent focused on playing for Chelsea."
After Michael Essien's third goal in two games, Anelka's two goals in four minutes gave Chelsea a comfortable start to their latest European crusade and Daniel Sturridge's first Champions League goal wrapped it up.
Sturridge said: "I've been dreaming of this moment since I was a young boy. I'm delighted to get off the mark in the Champions League and hopefully there's many more to come.
"There's a lot of world-class players in this side and I'm delighted to be part of it. We wanted to play the ball quickly and try to make sharp movements in the attacking half of the pitch, and it paid off for us."
So comfortable was Chelsea's win on the ground where they launched the Roman Abramovich era seven years ago that manager Carlo Ancelotti could afford to give substitute Josh McEachran, 17, a 20-minute run-out.
McEachran is the first player to feature in the Champions League after being born since its inception in 1992, and Ancelotti's side have now chalked up 21 goals in five competitive games this season.
Ancelotti said: "We played fantastic football in the first half and Anelka was the key.
"He created space, he had opportunities and he was involved in many of our best moments. He can play up front leading the attack, sometimes we use him more wide but he shows the same skills in both positions.
"I'm happy for Sturridge because he showed fantastic movement to score, and McEachran is a fantastic talent. When it's possible I would like to give time to younger players in this competition, and I am very happy because it's not easy to win 4-1 away in the Champions League."
Chelsea breezed home in Slobakia despite missing the injured Frank Lampard, rested Ashley Cole and last season's 37-goal top scorer Didier Drogba, who was suspended.
England midfielder is expected to return from a hernia operation to face Blackpool on Sunday.