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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
The Big Stat
🏴 Cole Palmer created more chances (2) and registered more successful attacking third passes (12/13) than any other Chelsea player against Aston Villa. He did this all inside 22 minutes. #CFC #CHEAVL pic.twitter.com/VR1VR517cA
— Mozo Football (@MozoFootball) September 24, 2023
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.
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
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
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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