Chelsea extended their undefeated home record to 86 games thanks to first-half strikes from Joe Cole and Nicolas Anelka. Boss Luiz Felipe Scolari hailed his side's display against Aston Villa, particularly in the first 45 minutes.
"It's a big game - it is three points," he told , adding he wants his team to win more games at home.
"We need to win more games at home, because we have played four games at home and won only won two," he said.
"There were many, many draws at home and the final result - two points behind Manchester.
"This is important."
The former Portugal boss is now looking forward to having three days off with his family during the international break.