Didier Drogba scored his first goal for Chelsea since the 2012 UEFA Champions League final as they beat Maribor 6-0 on Tuesday.
The veteran striker, who netted with both a late equaliser and the deciding penalty versus Bayern Munich in Germany two-and-a-half years ago, obliged from the spot again in a welcome easy win.
Chelsea had begun their European campaign with a lacklustre draw against Schalke and a hard-fought victory at Sporting Lisbon, but they are now firmly on course to top their group for the ninth time in 12 seasons.
The one negative on a comfortable night for Jose Mourinho’s side was a groin injury suffered by opening scorer Loic Remy.
With Diego Costa nursing a hamstring problem, the Premier League leaders could now be short of attacking options for Sunday’s domestic trip to Manchester United.
Maribor were unbeaten in eight Champions League games this term prior to this, including a win at Celtic and two draws in Group G, but they were outclassed by Chelsea’s slick passing and movement on this occasion.
Captain John Terry also netted for the hosts and Eden Hazard scored a late double, while the visitors’ misery was compounded by an own goal from Mitja Viler and a missed spot-kick by Agim Ibraimi.
Petr Cech enjoyed his second start of the season, with Thibaut Courtois rested on the bench alongside Gary Cahill, as Kurt Zouma also came in.
Champions League Results:
CSKA Moscow 2 – 2 Manchester City
Roma 1 – 7 Bayern Munich
APOEL Nicosia 0 – 1 Paris Saint Germain
Barcelona 3 – 1 Ajax
Chelsea 6 – 0 Maribor
Schalke 04 4 – 3 Sporting CP
BATE Borisov 0 – 7 Shakhtar Donetsk
FC Porto 2 – 1 Athletic Bilbao