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|September 26, 2009 - 8:00pm(GMT+6:00)||England Premier League||Live|
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Chelsea have the maximum 18 points from six games and they seat three points above the champions Manchester United. Meanwhile, Saturday’s opponents Wigan Athletic have six points from the same amount of matches. The Latics seat only three places above the relegation zone in fifteenth.
Confident Chelsea poised to beat hosts Wigan
“You have to wait for your chance and you can see it now when they come: we are deadly”
These were words spoken from Chelsea’s German midfielder, Michael Ballack. The former Bayern Munich captain has become an essential element in Carlo Ancelotti’s side.
Ballack, who has already scored a couple of goals in the English Premiership, praised the Italian manager for his attitude towards the players, saying that “he gives the team a lot of confidence”.
Indeed, the Pensioners look rejuvenated under the former AC Milan boss. Defender Ashley Cole has found back his scoring instinct, Ballack commands in midfield once again, and Drogba is the main weapon in front.
As weeks go by this season, Chelsea’s players seem to gain more and more confidence. Late, late winners against Hull City and Stoke, a hard-fought battle against Sunderland, and a convincing win against Tottenham in last week’s London derby have shaped Chelsea’s psychology with confidence and desire to achieve.
So far this season, the Blues are yet to leave a pitch without all the three points in their bag. They defend a 100% record very hard to break.
Complacency is certainly not part of Chelsea’s thinking ahead of games this season. On the contrary, it appears like every encounter is a precious opportunity to go one step further.
On Saturday afternoon, Carlo Ancelotti’s men are poised to beat Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium and march on with their record in the Premiership.
Like Manchester United and Arsenal did, Chelsea are expected to trample on the Latics with a flurry of goals. However, with the exclusion of the injured Drogba on Saturday as well as the change in tactics by Roberto Martinez, things could shape differently.
Chelsea’s casualty: Didier Drogba injured
The Blues will certainly have to play against Wigan without Didier Drogba on the field. The Ivory Coast skipper limped off against Tottenham Hotspurs last weekend and could not finish the match.
He scored his 99th goal for Chelsea in that encounter and will have to wait before clinch a century of goals.
His contribution for the Blues this season is unquestionable. However, Chelsea’s boss Carlos Ancelotti believes that the absence of Chelsea’s talisman upfront will not cause much arm to his squad.
The Italian manager explained to the media after Chelsea’s 3-0 victory against Spurs last week:
"We have played without Didier before. He is a very important player for us, a fantastic player. I think we can play well without Didier.
"In the last game against Porto we won without Didier and we have Nicolas Anelka, Salomon Kalou. We have Daniel Sturridge, and Fabio Borini.”
Chris Kirkland ready for Saturday’s challenge
Meanwhile, Wigan Athletic’s goalkeeper is preparing ahead of his side’s difficult game against the current league leaders.
Speaking this week about the Latic’s heavy defeat against Arsenal, Kirkland told Wigan Today:
"All the lads are very disappointed [with the loss to Arsenal].But the beauty of this game is you always have another game coming up.
"We have to make sure we prepare right for Chelsea.
"We have got to get back to basics, and I'm sure we'll be working extremely hard on the training ground.
"[Last] Saturday [against Arsenal] was definitely a bad day for us. But there is always another day round the corner.
"The desire is there to do better, and put things right – and I'm sure we will."