Chelsea shook off their recent problems with an accomplished performance that secured a 3-0 home victory over Valencia on Tuesday and took them into the Champions League knockout phase for the ninth successive season.

The Londoners needed to win to be sure of advancing from Group E and settled any nerves after three minutes when Didier Drogba did well to make space and fire in a low shot.

Defensive hesitation by Victor Ruiz 15 minutes later allowed Ramires to poke in the second and Chelsea took control from then on, completing one of their best performances of the season with Drogba's second 14 minutes from time.

Valencia, who hammered Genk 7-0 in their last Champions League match, would have qualified with a score draw but though they had much more possession in the second half they rarely threatened to score.

(Editing by Ed Osmond)