Chelsea vs Aston Villa Player Ratings: Worries Heap Up On the Blues

Chelsea’s troubles extended further following a 1-0 loss against Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge. The Blues have now failed to score in three consecutive league matches as the pressure builds on Pochettino and his expensively assembled squad. Aston Villa continue to hit impressive heights in the calendar year.

Chelsea vs Aston Villa: Timeline

19’ – Robert Sanchez makes a brilliant save to keep Digne’s brilliant volley out

24’ – Martinez now makes a major save to keep Nicholas Jackson out

39’ – Incredible reflexes from Robert Sanchez helps keep Villa out

58’ – Gusto receives a straight red card (VAR decision) after a relatively high tackle

60’ – Multiple blocks from Chelsea defenders keep the score 0-0

73’ – Watkins runs through at goal and scores with his second shot

75’ – A brilliant run from Chilwell almost produces a goal only for Martinez to keep Villa ahead

84’ – Sanchez makes yet another impressive save to keep Chelsea in the game

Aston Villa's Nicolo Zaniolo (left) and Chelsea's Malo Gusto
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The Big Stat

Chelsea’s decision to not hand Palmer a starting spot continues to be baffling especially in the wake of impressive stats from the former Manchester City midfielder.

Chelsea vs Aston Villa player ratings: Ollie Watkins

Ollie Watkins is in the frame to be included in the England squad but the 27-year-old needs a regular run of goals to get a major push into the International space. After scoring 15 goals in 37 league appearances last season, Watkins has now scored his first goal of the league campaign. Despite failing to provide a big impact throughout the game, Watkins took his chance very well when it arrived just after the break.

Ollie Watkins of Aston Villa
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Chelsea vs Aston Villa player ratings: More Blues for Chelsea

Mauricio Pochettino is struggling to get to grips with the Chelsea squad, as the blues continue to struggle amidst a lengthy list of injuries and lack of creativity in the final third. It was once again a disappointing performance from Chelsea in terms of finishing off chances. There were spots of brilliance from players like Mykhailo Mudryk, Ben Chilwell, and Raheem Sterling. Yet, none of the Chelsea players were able to provide that the decisive touch. Chelsea have not scored since the 3-0 success over Luton towards the end of August.

Chelsea player ratings

Sanchez 8/10 – Chelsea’s best player in the evening

Gusto 5/10 – Decent link up play with Sterling but received an early red card

Disasi 6/10 – Mediocre defensive performance

Thiago Silva 6/10 – Mediocre performance by his high standards

Colwill 6/10 – Was involved in the incident that led to the Villa goal

Gallagher 6/10 – Impressive thrust in both boxes

Caicedo 7/10 – Made some excellent tackles to break up play

Sterling 6/10 – Excellent runs but lacked the end product

Fernandez 6/10 – Tried a lot better in a more advanced position

Mudryk 7/10 – Flashes of brilliance which could improve in the coming weeks

Jackson 6/10 – Very mediocre performance which lacked an end product


Palmer 7/10 – Excellent impact on the final third after arriving as a substitute

Broja 6/10 – Very rusty performance after coming back from a long injury

Chilwell 7/10 – Provided excellent offensive threat

Ugochukwu 6/10 – Failed to make a big impact

Enzo Fernandez of Chelsea and Douglas Luiz of Aston Villa
Enzo Fernandez of Chelsea and Douglas Luiz of Aston Villa – Photo by Icon sport

Sensational 2023 continues for Aston Villa

Aston Villa have been one of the top teams in the 2023 calendar year. Unai Emery’s will be delighted about the win over Chelsea, as they particularly did not have the work very hard for the same. A sending off for Chelsea just before the hour mark certainly helped Villa’s case with their winner coming just a few minutes later. The victory moves Villa to 6th in the standings.

Aston Villa player ratings

Martinez 7/10 – A handful of excellent saves to keep Chelsea out

Cash 7/10 – Offered excellent threat to push Sterling back

Konsa 7/10 – Kept a solid backline

Torres 7/10 – Unruffled by plenty of balls over the top

Digne 7/10 – Better defensive than going forward

Kamara 7/10 – Broke up plenty of offensive play from Chelsea

Douglas Luiz 7/10 – Yellow card but a powerful presence in the middle

Diaby 6/10 – One of the mediocre performers for the Villa in the game

McGinn 6/10 – Decent impact in the final third

Zaniolo 7/10 – Impressive creative performance

Watkins 8/10 – Excellent run for his first league goal of the season


Bailey 6/10 – Failed to keep things tight

Ramsey 6/10 – Failed to slow things down

Tielemans 6/10 – Little impact on the game

Duran 6/10 – Introduced as a late sub

Dendoncker 6/10 – Late sub with little impact

Aston Villa's Nicolo Zaniolo and Chelsea's Conor Gallagher
Aston Villa’s Nicolo Zaniolo and Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher (left) battle for the ball – Photo by Icon sport

The Final Word

Yet another dreary performance unfolded from Chelsea, as they suffered a 1-0 loss against Aston Villa on home patch. Meanwhile, Villa continued their impressive start to the season to move within two points of Arsenal.

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