7 minutes of Eden Hazard was enough for Chelsea to win against Wigan. The Belgian was as good as advertised, crafting a beautiful spin move that lost Ramis and then sprang forward a great pass which found Branislav Ivanovic of all players motoring forward to smack the opener in the 2nd minute. Four minutes later, Hazard proved too skillful for Ramis again with the defender bringing him down with an industrial challenge at the edge of the box. Frank Lampard scored from the spot on automatic.
Mind you, this is a Wigan side who ended last season as one of the best sides, showing daring and inventive football. They did not lay down and as the match went on looked far more assured on the ball than Chelsea who noticeably took their foot of the pedal. But they could not finish. Roberto Di Matteo has untold riches in the midfield and Oscar replacing Hazard tells you the juggling act he's confronted with. In fact, with Juan Mata, Marko Marin, Ramires, and the possible addition of Victor Moses, this might be as steep a learning curve for the coach as it is for the players.