Ancelotti's first defeat since taking charge of Chelsea did not come against the big four, but against Wigan Athletic. Wigan gained the lead early in the game thanks to a goal by Titus Bramble. Charles N'Zogbia's cross found an unmarked Bramble who headed the ball past Peter Cech.
Chelsea fans, though, did not lose hope. They had seen their team surrender the lead early on only to make a swashbuckling comeback towards the end of the game. The score remained Wigan 10 Chelsea at halftime.
After halftime, the Chelsea faithful were keenly awaiting some goals to propel them to take the lead over Wigan, and Drogba did not disappoint. Hardly five minutes into the second half and Drogba scored a simple goal.
Malouda, who was playing at the tip of the diamond, made a cross to Drogba who then netted it past Kirkland. Alright, so the Chelsea machine has now picked up steam. Another inevitable goal and Chelsea will be back on top of the game and on top of the table again. But wait, history need not repeat itself, sometimes things can be different
That was the best of times and now comes the worst of times. Rodallega's amazing run into the Chelsea box was halted with a foul on him by Peter Cech. The referee wasted no time in rightfully awarding a red card for Peter Cech and a penalty for Wigan. This really was the turning point of the game. The loss of Peter Cech not only left Chelsea more vulnerable at the back but they were also a man down.
Ancelotti immediately responded by bringing in Hilario for the ousted Cech and removing Malouda who was playing well at the tip of the diamond. Rodallega scored the penalty by slotting the ball past Hillario and Wigan were leading 2 - 1.
Chelsea now had a truly uphill task trying to salvage something out of this match. Chelsea was trying to get hold of more posessions but Wigan was getting more and more comfortable. In an effort to bolster the attack Bosingwa was replaced by Kalou with Belletti taking the right back position. The change did see Chelsea press harder for the ball but Kalou sadly was not the change that Chelsea needed.
Kalou and Lampard tried to improve their chances but the final goal remained elusive. Wigan, too, was attacking at the other end with Rogadella looking dangerous.
At the end of 90 minutes Chelsea was a goal down with five minutes of stoppage time added. That should have been enough time for Chelsea to secure the equalizer. As Chelsea pressed on further Ashley Cole had to be sidelined with an injury and Chelsea was not playing with nine men. They were unable to sub Cole and Wigan then helped themselves to another goal, courtesy Scharner, to seal the game 3 - 1.
Wigan had finally defeated Chelsea in a premier league game. The defeat comes at a crucial time for Chelsea with Cech now unable to play in the Liverpool game.
Wigan played well to win the game, but one is curious to know what Ancelotti was thinking by bringing on Kalou for Bosingwa when the Russian playmaker Yuri Zirknov was still on the bench. Also how much will Chelsea miss Peter Cech in the crucial match against Liverpool? Time will tell. For now a huge congratulations to Wigan for defeating Chelsea and to Drogba for scoring the hundredth goal of his Chelsea career.