Five thirty in the freaking morning came way too early, not least for entertainment purposes. To watch football this early is more like letting one eyelid rest while the other works to remain open, one eye fixed on the TV while the other wearily relaxes. It’s times like this I wish I lived in Europe or even the East Coast for that matter. But I digress.
Two goals in the first 6 minutes of the game–defining. Ivanovich both started and finished the counter with some direction from Hazard. The latter drove into the box minutes later and earned a spot kick that Lampard converted. Game over. Chelsea took their foot off the gas at this point and coasted through the end of the game. Torres had a good opportunity around the 60th minute, but Wigan cleared it off the line at the last possible second. Still, Torres had a decent shift despite having nothing to show for it.
The whole team looked quite solid. Patient, reserved, calm, cool, and collective, from defense to offense, it was a good away result, fulfilling the ideal start to the new BPL season.