Didier Drogba: Chelsea 6-0 scoreline against Wigan deceiving

22 August 2010 10:17
The Ivory Coast international turned in a man-of-the-match display, as Chelsea repeated their opening-day trouncing of West Brom at Wigan, but did not get on the scoresheet as Nicolas Anelka and Salomon Kalou both struck twice in between Florent Malouda's opener and Yossi Benayoun's injury-time contribution.

However, while the champions have a goal difference of +12 after just two games, Drogba does not want to have to rely on that when it comes to the crunch.

 Related ArticlesWigan Athletic 0 Chelsea 6Wigan v Chelsea: as it happenedPremier League actionAncelotti: Anelka didn't deserve French banPeter Kenyon key man in Liverpool takeoverMartinez: Wigan has put Blackpool defeat behind themHe said: "I hope not. It would be great if we could win the league with a lot of points, but this league is not going to be easy.

"Wigan Athletic showed it is going to be difficult to come here and take some points.

"People do not have to look at the goal difference. Wigan played well in the first half; in the second half, we tried to improve our game."

Wigan made life difficult for Chelsea before the break and there were 33 minutes on the clock when Malouda finally made the breakthrough.

Drogba said: "We scored six, but we suffered a lot in the first half. The game was difficult and the fact that we scored quickly in the second half made it easier for us.

"We have known each other for such a long time, so we know what we have to do, we know what we have to do when the game is difficult and we know also what we have to do to make it easier.

"As I said last week, we are going to have some difficult times, but we want them to come as late as possible."

Manager Carlo Ancelotti admitted the difference in philosophy between English football and that of his native Italy had contributed to the scoreline.

He said: "There is a different mentality. Wigan tried to come back into the match and in the second half, there was more space for our strikers and we are doing very well in counter-attack now.

"It was a tough game. We had a lot of difficulty in the first half, Wigan played very well.

"Maybe they used a lot of energy in the first half and the second half was easier for us.

"The second half was very good, but in the first half, the match was open."

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez, whose side lost 4-0 at home to promoted Blackpool last weekend, now faces the task of lifting his players after a dreadful start to the campaign.

He said: "Of course we are hurt and the players are hurt first and foremost.

"But we need to understand the reasons. I can't fault the effort of the players and the good football in the first half.

"You need to be a little bit realistic in reading the game - 6-0 is not what it reflects.

"It is understanding how we correct that and making sure we have something to build on.

"It was a real contrast. In the first half, I thought they played really, really well.

"The players gave everything and I felt we were very unlucky to go 1-0 down.

"But it was two different games. Once we went 3-0 down, we gave everything and it was too difficult for us mentally to maintain the concentration.

"For me, the result is painful, but I am not taking that into the performance. The performance until 3-0 was completely different and something we have got to build on.

"What we need now is just the (transfer) window to close and work every day."

Source: Telegraph

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