Chelsea vs Wigan: Win over Latics Prove Blues Still Dangerous

Jonathan IrwinContributor IIFebruary 9, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 09:  Frank Lampard of Chelsea celebrates the third goal with Eden Hazard and Juan Mata during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Wigan Athletic at Stamford Bridge on February 9, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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It wasn't much of a match today, as Chelsea steamrolled Wigan Athletic with a dominating 4-1 win. Finally returning to winning ways, the Blues have proved they're still to be feared in the Premier League.

In third place with 49 points, it sounds strange to talk about Chelsea not being a top team in this year's Premier League.

But coming into this weekend the Blues were riding a four match win-less streak.

The last win for the Blues came on January 20th, against Arsenal. That fixture ended in a 2-1 Chelsea win.

Not only did the win over the Latics help break the Blues win-less streak, it also marked their first back-to-back wins at home since October.

And that's not mentioning that the Blues hadn't won this season when Juan Mata wasn't starting—he came off the bench today.

So the deck was stacked against Chelsea in this one, even against the 18th place Latics.

Obviously, with all those factors taken into consideration this was a huge win for the Blues. They found a victory, won back-to-back games at home and kept themselves hot on Manchester City's tail.

The biggest triumph of all might have been finding a win without Juan Mata, who leads the Blues in assists with nine, and is tied for the goal lead with 10.

Even without its star forward, Chelsea was relentless. The Blues took 27 shots in total on the day, 12 of which were on the goal.

After jumping out to an early 1-0 lead after the 23rd minute, Chelsea's momentum cooled until finding a 2-0 lead at the 56-minute mark.

After that the Latics made things interesting with a goal at 58 minutes. As he's done many times before, it was veteran midfield Frank Lampard who sealed the victory.

86 minutes in, Eden Hazard found Lampard dead center in front of the goal. With beautiful aim the 34-year-old drilled his shot into the bottom corner.

It was Lampard's 10th goal of the season, and 198th with Chelsea. He's now four goals away from tying Bobby Tambling's club record of 202.

Chelsea overcame some big bumps on Saturday to steal away a big win. Despite a season of turmoils the Blues are still within the top-3 of the standings.

Up next on the Premier League schedule for Chelsea just happens to be second place Man City. The two teams previously met at Stamford Bridge, a fixture that ended 0-0.

Now recharged with a big win, the Blues have an opportunity to pick up a lot of ground against Manchester City with a win at Etihad Stadium.

Things haven't always been pretty at times, but Chelsea continues to find ways to win. Despite the slide the Blues sent a big message today.

So everyone else better watch out, because Chelsea's rolling once again.