Roberto Di Matteo made seven changes to his squad to play Wigan Athletic.
David Luiz played his 50th match for Chelsea while the likes of Lampard, Torres and Terry were out of the starting line up. With a very hectic schedule ahead having to play six matches in 18 days, Chelsea had to win the game to keep their hopes alive for their Champions League qualification spot, on the other hand Wigan desperately needed at least a point to keep themselves out of the relegation zone.
Chelsea did not look very convincing right from the word go but showed shades of their old selves through shots on target by Cahill, Juan Mata and Didier Drogba. Wigan played out of their shells to show why they deserve to still play in the elite league and having dominated the first half it looked very rare that Chelsea would go ahead and win the game in the second half.
The second half was convincing at Stamford bridge, the fans support for Torres grew as they chanted his name through the period he was on the field.