Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti was pleased with Yuri Zhirkov's contributon to Tuesday's 2-0 Champions League victory at Spartak Moscow.
The Russia international has struggled with injuries during his time at Stamford Bridge and has been linked with a return to his homeland but got on the scoresheet in a wintry Moscow.
Afterwards former AC Milan boss Ancelotti said:"I think that we played a good game. It was not an easy game because I think Spartak in the second half played a good game, tried to come into it at 2-0 down, but in the first half we scored two goals and had more control.
"Defensively we played well, above all Petr Cech who made a fantastic save. The players were focused on this game. For Yury it was an important moment to come back to play for Chelsea in Russia and he scored a fantastic goal. I think he'll be very happy tonight.
"He played very well. He doesn't have a problem to play at left-back or as a midfielder. He scored a goal that was very important for the team. He opened the game and for us it was easier to win."