What We Learned: Wigan

4-1 to Chelsea. The scoreline says it all. Chelsea were dominant and in control mostly throughout the match, but Wigan after scoring their first stayed in the game for awhile and had a few chances to equalize. However, it was mostly all Chelsea.

Scorers : 

wwl wigan

Stats : 

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What We Learned : 

1. Luiz belongs in the midfield.

2. Mata and Hazard are key to our success.

3. Fernando Torres showing his better side.

4. Defense is shaky.

1. Luiz belongs in the midfield : 

Luiz  was back in his best position, the Brazilian’s range of passing was superb. He broke out of his own half well to create the Blues’ opening goal. He belongs in the pivot. It’s his natural position at Chelsea and that’s where he belongs. As Gary Cahill settles into the back 4, Luiz settles in the pivot. A decision that Di Matteo rarely tried, but something Benitez has made his tactical money out of.

2. Mata and Hazard are key to our success : 

Hazard was back after suspension and his trickery gave Stam and Scharner a real headache throughout the match and he took his goal superbly to double Chelsea’s lead. Mata came on as a late substitute and used the ball effectively. Played a cute dummy to setup Lampard’s goal. These 2 click together on the pitch. When Mata is missing, we misfire and same goes for Hazard. It’s more noticeable when Mata’s out, but when Hazard was out due to suspension, we felt his absence. Luckily for us, they are both fit again and ready to play.

3. Fernando Torres showing his better side : 

Torres has a goal and 2 assists in his last 3 matches. Not exactly what we want from Nando, but certainly something we’ll take over his anonymous matches. Torres played a lovely first-time ball to setup Ramires’ opening goal. Could have got on the scoresheet himself but was denied by a string of fine saves from Al-Habsi. He deserved a goal, but his finishing and Al-Habsi’s reflexes denied him 2 goals. A decent performance from Nando.

4. Defense is shaky : 

We’ve conceded 7 goals in the last 3 matches. Azpilicueta had a tough task keeping Beausejour under wraps on the left flank but kept the Honduran quiet overall. His delivery into the box when in the final third was reliable throughout. Cahill had a nervy second half performance after Wigan got themselves back into the match,but did enough to help his side see out the win. Ivanovic dealt with the threat of Franco Di Santo well on the whole, was caught out of position on a couple of occasions. Ashley Cole struggled as Maloney drifted in field more often than not, leaving Cole with little to do defensively. Wasn’t his usual assured self going forward, misplaced a couple of passes in the final third. Overall, we should be happy to get the 3 points, but the defense must tighten up.

Other Points : 

1. Lampard up to 198 goals (4 away from tying, 5 from breaking).

2. Azpilicueta is our first back since Bridge that can cross.

3. Marko Marin scores his first goal.

  1. Slim says

    I see no reason y u ppl dont wanna blame ivanovic he worst in his position,he cos us our capital 1 cup,he is just 2 worst dis season,i prefer cahill 2 anyoder defender in chelsea,we should have call back kalas or bruma de will be more compose dan dis guys(ivanovic,luiz are star already so se play anyhow)cahill ad kalas will be better cos de re nt wantin 2 let fans hate them. For mi ivanovic is worst!! Worst!!

    1. Shahme Rull Mirnawan says

      U are suck

  2. drogba says

    oscar jugo muy bien

  3. Anonymous says

    ramires and a.cole played excellent today…they were relentless, running up-and-down the field,passing,combining…i’m a little bit concerned about our defense because in the last few matches they have seemed out of place…i don’t know what the problem is, whether it’s lack of communication or something entirely else,we have to set our defense straight….i’m not really keen on the cahill-ivanovic partnership…and also in my opinion we are unable to play effectively without a player of the calibre of essien,tiote,yaya toure..someone who can ,not only break-up the opposition’s attacks , but also provide attacking flare to the team,someone who can carry the ball out of our half into the opposition’s half…mikel and david luiz are not this kind of players…ramires kinda is,but he can not break attacks effectively..azpilicueta is playing better and better as the season progresses and he’s establishing hmself as a first-choice right back..i miss mosses , because oscar isn’t playing the way that is expected of him to play…and also we need a better striker than torres..yeah he assists…so !? that’s mata and hazard’s job not the striker…i’m a big fan of Nando, but for the sake of the team he has to make way for demba ba,if we want to challenge for any trophies this season..

  4. Anonymous says

    their are no trophies this season… may be fa cup, but am not sure…
    and about oscar, he is a no. 10… he struggles wide… even against engalnd when he played for brazil, he was most effective in that role. here at chelsea he wont get that position from mata…

    1. drogba says

      que mata se tira a la banda y que intercambien constantemente posiciones como lo hacian con di matteo

  5. Vaibhav Kumble says

    Luiz shud play def. Not Cdm. He is a temp solution. Not permanent. I still think Mikel and Romeu are better options.

    1. Shaurya CFC says

      I think Mikel and Romeu are good options but Luiz at CB is too risky. Him playing in the CDM position gives him cover at the back and he has a good eye for a pass.

      1. Vaibhav Kumble says

        I understand thst he is erractic. But he will learn composure with time. Especially if Mourinho trains him.

  6. Kerlangki Passah says

    Yesterdays game shows us where David is best for the team. He has the eye for giving the important passes to the upfront players. Azpi is my preferred RB…. CAhill/ Iva can team up with JT at CB. Nando is better in the last two games….. Eden is back with his mesmerizing movements…. KTBFFH!!!! Good news that Juan was rested yesterday for our next game(man city)

  7. King24 says

    I can’t believe we let Wigan dominate during some parts of the match and even let them score a goal. Very embarrassing. Even Manure kept clean sheets against Wigan home and away. The sooner Mikel and Moses come back to SB the better it will be for our CL qualification fight.

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