RADIO CLIVE'S FIVE: CHELSEA V WIGAN
Throughout the season former player Clive Walker provides radio and TV commentary on Chelsea's games. Here he selects five aspects from Saturday's return to winning ways that caught his eye…
1. It was clear in the early stages it was going to be an open game. Wigan played in a style that said we might get well beaten but if we do, we are going to go down playing football. The shape of their side with three at the back suggested that if Chelsea did counter-attack in wide areas then Wigan were going to have a tough time. They tried to keep playing, scored their goal and kept in the game for most of it. On the balance of play and chances Chelsea should have made it safe sooner.
2. As well as scoring the opening goal, Ramires playing wide right gave Cesar Azpilicueta the opportunity to get forward and cause problems. That combination worked on this occasion against a back three although it may be harder against a back four.Wigan's left-sided defender Maynor Figueroa had a bad day at the office and we did exploit him. Maybe we could have done so even more.
3. Eden Hazard and Ashley Cole didn't manage to cause as many problems on the left as the team did on the right. Paul Scharner on the right for Wigan is not the quickest and Hazard did okay but his natural game means he tends to run at goal from wide areas, playing one-twos and getting in behind centre-backs. On this occasion it was a good opportunity to pull players as wide as possible and attack space as opposed to attacking the man. That creates space for people arriving from deep like Frank Lampard. When the game became stretched late on Hazard did set up Lampard to score and everyone is genuinely pleased every time he gets closer to the record.
4. Fernando Torres had a part to play in many attacking moves. He doesn't always make the right decisions but he was creating problems. He is a player Wigan still had to keep an eye on and he has a good understanding with Juan Mata who was introduced late on. Torres didn't get in positions for possible tap-ins but he was unlucky with a couple of headers that on another day would have been goals.
5. For Wigan's goal Gary Cahill pushed up too late to catch Shaun Maloney offside because he was injured. It was a great run by the Wigan man but there was not enough pressure on the ball from our players when it was played forward. We have to give credit to Maloney for a great finish from a tight angle. Petr Cech didn't do anything wrong, he had to come out and it was a good goal. It was disappointing that it came just when we had got a decent 2-0 lead, but we got through it.