Eden Hazard took the plaudits after being involved in both Chelsea’s goals in their 2-0 win at Wigan. Here’s how we rated the players in the Blues’ convincing victory over the Latics.
Petr Cech: 7
Rarely tested but stayed alert to make an important second-half save.
Branislav Ivanovic: 8
Fine finish for his goal and an impressive attacking as well as defensive performance. Not bad for a man many regard as being much more comfortable in the centre of defence than in a wider role. No wonder Roberto Di Matteo says he is in no rush to sign a right-back.
David Luiz: 7
The odd stray pass aside, Luiz picked up where he left off last season with a solid display.
John Terry: 7
Did everything right when he was called upon.
Ashley Cole: 6
Not at his best, partly because of Chelsea transfer target Victor Moses causing some problems, especially in the first half.
John Obi Mikel: 6
Won’t have convinced his doubters with this performance. Sloppy with the ball on several occasions, although he did improve in the second half.
Frank Lampard: 8
Had a fine game. Pulled the strings in midfield and calmly fired home from the penalty spot.
Ryan Bertrand: 7
Did his job defensively and offered plenty going forward, almost setting up Fernando Torres for a goal.
Eden Hazard: 8
Electric in the opening stages. Caused Wigan all sorts of problems with and without the ball and showed he has an excellent range of passing. Will face bigger tests though and is certain to be targeted by better, more physical teams.
Juan Mata: 7
Linked up nicely with Hazard – a combination with serious potential.
Fernando Torres: 7
Worked hard up front and clearly relished his role as Chelsea’s first-choice striker. Was unlucky not to score in the second half.
Looked dangerous after coming on as a second-half substitute. Shot wide after a great run down the right and will definitely excite fans – and frighten defences – this season.