There was much excitement around Chelsea football club as new signings were expected to make their debut against Wigan at DW Stadium today. The match ended in a 2-0 victory to Chelsea, with Ivanovic scoring the opener and Lampard scoring a penalty kick inside 6 minutes.
The rest of the match was played according to plan. Chelsea did not look adventurous while Wigan tried to claw their way back into the match. Eden Hazard, the player everyone had their eyes on, did not disappoint. A swift turn and through ball opened up space for Ivanovic to run into and the Serbian's neat finish meant Chelsea were up and running. Hazard popped again into Wigan's penalty box riding one challenge before Wigan's new signing Ivan Ramis brought him down. Lampard made no mistake from the spot and Chelsea were up 2 goals to nothing.
Another new boy Oscar replaced Hazard and nearly scored after Torres's glancing header put him through. The angle was tight and Oscar could only manage a shot wide off the goalpost. Di Matteo chose to go with Bertrand in the midfield and apart from a few defensive contributions, he did not display what was expected of him in a midfield role. With the likes of Oscar, Meireles and Essien on the bench, Di Matteo would have done better to not start with Bertrand.
The win was expected of Chelsea but a few worrying signs could be seen. It is still early days for the new signings to gel into the squad but it is the older players who gave a cause for concern. Obi Mikel would do well to change his philosophy of looking for a safe pass the moment he gets the ball. Oscar often played the ball to the Nigerian in the hope that he would be played on further up the pitch. Mikel chose, every single time, to play a square pass or a backward pass, something he would have to amend, if he has to fit into this new fluid Chelsea side.
Overall, it is a solid start to the new season for Di Matteo's men. They attacked with vigour but the end product was lacking. That can be put down to initial jitters but defensive errors could be spotted. Having gone two goals up inside six minutes, fans would have expected more goals from the Blues but Wigan came back stronger, thanks to Victor Moses, who did his growing reputation no harm. He was the pick of Wigan players who caused numerous problems for the new look Chelsea side.749961