Chelsea legend Didier Drogba scored memorable a hat trick at Stamford Bridge against Wigan as the Blues ran riots back in 2010. The Ivorian is no fan of dull moments as he celebrated all of his goals in style, including using the corner flag as a making shift guitar!
One of the players who also scored in that match, Frank Lampard (now club manager), will hope to guide his side to victory against the manager who masterminded that exciting 8-0 win over Wigan Athletic. Can the Lamps get the better of his former boss Carlo Ancelotti tonight?
Ahead of that match, we take a look at some of the highlights of Chelsea’s 8-0 drubbing of Wigan – a win that wrapped up the Premier League title!
Chelsea 8-0 Wigan as it happened
It was the final match day of the 2009/2010 season and with just 1 point separating them and Manchester United at the top of the table, the Blues took their destiny into their own hands. Chelsea had 83 points after 37 games while 2nd placed Man United had 82. The Red Devils beat Stoke City 4-0 on the final Matchday but it was never going to be enough to unsettle Carlo Ancelotti’s side who comfortably added 3 points to their tally. Both games were played simultaneously alongside other final day fixtures.
It didn’t take long for Nicolas Anelka to open the scoring. Wigan made a mess of clearing Drogba’s free kick, the ball flew into the path of Florent Malouda who chested it down for Anelka to drill a near post finish past Mike Pollitt.
The visitors, coached by Roberto Martinez saw more of the ball but failed to do anything profitable with the possession. Chelsea would get the all important second goal 13 minutes before half time, Lampard scoring from the spot after being hauled down by Caldwell in the box. Martin Atkinson also flashed a red card at Caldwell, reducing Wigan to 10 men.
Stamford Bridge was already buzzing by the time the players walked into the tunnel at half time. The Blues came out early for the second half and had a team huddle before kick off, getting themselves in the mood for what was to ensue.
Kalou started the onslaught 9 minutes later, exchanging passes with Lampard before putting the ball past Pollitt. Two minutes later, Anelka struck again, volleying in his second and Chelsea’s 4th from Ivanovic’s cross.
Hat trick delight for Drogba
Drogba headed in Chelsea’s 100th league goal of the season, meeting a Frank Lampard cross just after the hour mark. Five minutes later he got his second goal of the game from the penalty spot after Ashley Cole was fouled in the Wigan box.
The goal was followed by an exquisite celebration from the Ivorian, who ended up hugging Ancelotti on the pitch side.
There was still time for more goals as Drogba completed his hat trick with 80 minutes on the clock. Pollitt had spilled Joe Cole’s shot into the Drogba, and “thank you very much” he said, turning it in from close range for 7-0!
Left back Ashely Cole then put the final icing on the cake with a well taken low finish past the bemused Pollitt.
Full time: Chelsea 8-0 Wigan
It was a job well done, and Stamford Bridge erupted into a frenzy at the sound of :he final whistle.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 9, 2020