Wigan vs. Chelsea: Eden Hazard and Oscar Performance Tracker

Allan JiangTransfers CorrespondentAugust 19, 2012

Wigan vs. Chelsea: Eden Hazard and Oscar Performance Tracker

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    Having reinforced heavily in the summer, Roman Abramovich expects Chelsea to win, win and win.

    He spent £32 million to sign 21-year-old Belgian sensation Eden Hazard and £25 million on 20-year-old Brazilian midfielder Oscar.

    This article tracked the performances of Hazard and Oscar in the Blues' 2-0 win over Wigan Athletic.

Eden Hazard's First Half vs. Wigan Athletic

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    Eden Hazard starts in the "3" of the 4-2-3-1 alongside Juan Mata and Ryan Bertrand. Oscar is on the bench.

    2'—Iván Ramis is marking Eden Hazard tightly. As the ball reaches the Belgian, his turn leaves Ramis clutching air, and as a result of the Spaniard being caught out of position, Wigan Athletic's backline is all over the place. Hazard slips a beautiful through ball to the marauding Branislav Ivanović, who puts it past Ali Al-Habsi.

    5'—Hazard holds off Maynor Figueroa, dinks the ball past Ramis, the Spaniard clumsily takes down Hazard, and referee Mike Jones has no option but point to the spot. Frank Lampard converts the penalty.

    10'—With his back to goals, Hazard is hacked from behind by Gary Caldwell—low football IQ from Wigan's captain because Hazard was going nowhere.

    24'—Hazard surges past McArthur but passes the ball backwards to Juan Mata. The Belgian should have continued his dribble. So far, Victor Moses has completed no dribbles whilst Hazard has completed three.

    31'—Hazard attempts to play a long ball from the back. His pass is deflected towards Chelsea's goal, but Petr Čech sweeps up.

    32'—Hazard gets past James McCarthy but is impeded by the Irishman. A minute later, referee Jones books David Luiz for a cynical foul. Where's the consistency?

    35'—McArthur backhands Hazard after losing his footing. Referee Jones deemed McArthur's act inadvertent, but the Scotsman knew what he was doing. It's not the first time that the Wigan players have resorted to underhand tactics. 

    39'—Frank Lampard brings the ball out of his own half and passes to Mata, who releases Hazard down the left flank. The Belgian gets past two Wigan players, but Caldwell bails Wigan out.

    45'—Hazard is free on the right flank, but Mata decides to switch play.

Eden Hazard's Second Half vs. Wigan Athletic

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    50'—Eden Hazard looks to continue his mazey dribbling but runs into Emmerson Boyce.

    55'—James McArthur wins the ball from the Belgian. 

    58'—Iván Ramis intercepts Hazard's pass. Five minutes later, Ramis clears Fernando Torres' shot off the line.

    63'—Hazard is substituted for Oscar.

Oscar’s Second Half vs. Wigan Athletic

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    Oscar came on as a substitute having replaced Eden Hazard in the 63rd minute.

    66'—Oscar fouls McArthur.

    68'—Good flick on from Fernando Torres, which allows Oscar to easily get past Ramis, but the Brazilian drags his shot wide.

    70'—Oscar's smart little pass releases Branislav Ivanović, but the Serbian overcooks his cross.

    89'—Lovely lofted pass from the Brazilian to find Ivanović, who has reacted strongly to the Blues' rumoured signing of promising Spanish right-back César Azpilicueta.

Grading the Performance of Eden Hazard and Oscar vs. Wigan Athletic

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    Eden Hazard, Grade: A-

    Hazard's wonderful first half proves he was going through the motions during preseason to avoid injury.

    This is the Hazard that terrorised Ligue 1 defences with his quick feet, his playmaking ability and his willingness to run at opposing players.

    He created a goal, drew a penalty and won four free kicks for Chelsea.

    However, he did run out of gas as the game progressed, which was evident in him giving away possession several times.

    Once he gets accustomed to the pace of the Premier League, he'll be one of the league's best players.


    Oscar, Grade: N/A

    He didn't play enough minutes to register a grade. He made 21 passes in 29 minutes, which is decent, but he should have completed at least 85 percent of his passes—he only completed 76 percent.

    Though, he did produce two incisive passes to put Branislav Ivanović into advantageous positions. Oscar has been a class act for Brazil, and he'll be a class act for the Blues.


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