Frank Lampard hailed the brilliance of Chelsea debutant Eden Hazard after he played a key role in the Blues' 2-0 win over Wigan at the DW Stadium today.
The Belgian was a big-money summer signing from Lille and made an instant impression for the European champions in their Barclays Premier League opener, creating the first goal for full-back Branislav Ivanovic with a clever turn and weighted through-ball and winning the penalty which Lampard converted.
Lampard told Sky Sports: "He (Hazard) was brilliant. It's a young age to come into the Premier League, no matter how good of a player you are.
"He showed the quality he has with the spin and the ball to put Ivanovic through and he showed great speed to get away from his man for the penalty. He was great to play with."
Lampard was happy to start the season with a win, adding: "It was a great start to the game. You always want to get a win on the opening day of the season. Coming here, with the way they finished last season, was always going to be tough."
Wigan created chances of their own with Victor Moses forcing two saves from Petr Cech and Jordi Gomez twice going close for the Lancashire outfit.
Roberto Di Matteo was happy to get the season under way with a win and was delighted by the impact of new signing Hazard.
"Hazard was outstanding, he produced a lot of quality. He was a big threat and was difficult to mark. He managed to get away from his man and it was very pleasant to watch him today." Di Matteo said.
"It was perfect today that we managed to score the two goals early on, it settled a lot of nerves. We prepared the team well for the fixture and they were looking to get a quick start today."
Wigan boss Roberto Martinez refused to comment on speculation that Victor Moses could be set to join Chelsea.
"I dont think that's an issue, there are no offers on the table matching his valuation so it's an easy answer." Martinez said.
"Nothing is going to be decided today. He started a bit slow but I felt he grew into the game after that and started to look his normal penetrating self and he's an important player for this team."
The Spaniard was pleased with the reaction of his side to going behind early but felt the damage was already done.
"I don't think it takes too much to realise we didn't start well enough. We didn't have the intensity you need to compete well in this league We had a pre-season tempo and when you do that you put yourself in a difficult position.
"But the reaction was incredible, I was so so pleased with the character we showed. We had real intensity and you could see Chelsea using their experience at the end, wasting a lot of time."