IT was a slow start but the performance showed promising signs for the future.
After all the excitement about the big season kick off it was forgotten that there is a frightening gulf in power between the big boys and the rest of the division.
Chelsea paid a rumoured £32 million for their star summer signing (and they also had £25 million in youthful Brazilian Oscar on the bench).
The Latics meanwhile were delighted to have the illuminating hair style of Arouna Kone (£2.7 million) and Spanish centre back Ivan Ramis (£3 million) within their ranks. Loan signing Ryo Myaichi and nineteen year old Fraser Fyvie weren’t involved for this one.
Considering the sums involved one can forgive the early errors of Ivan Ramis who, after a crazy first five minutes, had two mistakes to forget and the Latics trailed Chelsea by two goals after the few kicks of a ball.
The big defender possibly learned more in the first five minutes of the contest than he could in the whole of a season as he got to grips with the expensive Hazard. The Chelsea new boy was running Ramis ragged, first turning him on the half-way line and laying Ivanovic in for the opener before drawing the foul from Ramis for the penalty.
It was a tale of two new boys in the first five minutes. From then on it was a much more even contest, although Chelsea had little to play for with the game already largely won.
Ramis grew into the game a little more and showed enough to warrant further opportunities to impress. It is certainly worth mentioning that the Spaniard of over 400 La Liga games turned down more money at West Ham to move to the Latics.
McCarthy and McArthur double act in midfield looked slightly rusty, but one that will no doubt get going as the season progresses.
It wouldn’t be a Wigan Athletic Premier League campaign if we didn’t start slowly and one must be pleased that we didn’t go down 6-0 as we did just two years ago.