Game #5630

Season | 2020-21 |

Matchday | #42 |

League Match | #38 |
Manager Game | #125 |
Sunday, 23 May 2021
Premier League | Home | Chelsea | Villa Park | Behind closed doors | 

GOAL | 52' |
GOAL | 52' |

Sunday, 23 May 2021 | Anwar El Ghazi doubles Villa lead from the penalty spot on 52' - his 11th goal of the season

GOAL | 43' |
GOAL | 43' |

Sunday, 23 May 2021 | Bertrand Traoré gives Villa the lead on 43' - his 8th of his debut campaign

GOAL | 52' |
GOAL | 52' |

Sunday, 23 May 2021 | Anwar El Ghazi doubles Villa lead from the penalty spot on 52' - his 11th goal of the season


Game Summary

Manager | Dean Smith |

KO | 16.00 |
Referee | Stuart Attwell |

 HT Score | 1-0 |

 FT Result | Won |
 FT Score | 2-1 |

Last 5 Games | LDLWW |

Scorer(s) | Bertrand Traoré | 43' | Anwar El Ghazi | 52' (pen) |

Assist(s) | Matt Targett | 43' |

League Position | 11th | - |

Team News

Dean Smith names an unchanged line up from the team that beat Tottenham in the previous fixture.


Ezri Konsa continues at right back with Kortney Hause partnering Tyrone Mings in the centre of defence.


Matt Targett starts the final league game of the season making the only outfield ever present in the Premier League in 2020-21. Marvelous Nakamba retains his place in midfield ahead of Douglas Luiz.

With Ross Barkley ineligible to play against his former club, Keinan Davis returns to the squad whilst Jed Steer and Björn Engels are not selected with the latter without an appearance in 2020-21 despite being named in 23 squads. Engels' last appearance had come on Monday, 9 March 2020.

Morgan Sanson, Trézéguet and Matty Cash remain out with long term injuries while debutants from the previous fixture Carney Chukwuemeka and Jaden Philogene-Bidace retain their squad places.

Line Up

GK Emiliano Martínez | BOOKED | 81' |
CB Tyrone Mings |
CB Ezri Konsa |
CB Kortney Hause |

LB Matt Targett | ASSIST | 43' |

M Marvelous Nakamba | BOOKED | 75' |
M Jack Grealish | 
M John McGinn | BOOKED | 65' |
W Anwar El Ghazi | GOAL | 52' | SUB OFF | 79' |
W Bertrand Traoré | GOAL | 43' | SUB OFF | 73' |

CF Ollie Watkins | 


M Carney Chukwuemeka for W Bertrand Traoré | 73' |

M Jacob Ramsey for W Anwar El Ghazi | 79' |

Unused Substitutes

GK Tom Heaton

LB Neil Taylor

RB Ahmed Elmohamady

M Douglas Luiz

W Jaden Philogene-Bidace

CF Wesley

CF Keinan Davis


Yellow | John McGinn for a bad foul | 65' |

Yellow | Marvelous Nakamba | 75' |

Yellow | Emiliano Martínez | 81' |

Match Stats

Possession F | 29%
Possession A | 71%
Shots F | 6
Shots A | 23
Shots on Target F | 3
Shots on Target A | 7
Corners F | 2
Corners A | 9
Fouls F | 11

Fouls A | 12

Team Stats

Starting XI Average Age | 26.27 | 

Oldest Player | GK Emiliano Martínez | 28.74 |

Youngest Player | CB Ezri Konsa | 23.60 |

Not Selected

GK Jed Steer

CB Björn Engels


Injury | 3 |

M Morgan Sanson | Knee, 10 Apr - 2021-22 |

W Trézéguet | Ligament, 10 Apr - 2021-22 |

RB Matty Cash | Hamstring, 13 May - 2021-22 |

Loan Clause | 1 |

M Ross Barkley | 1 Game |

Loaned Out | 2 |

M Conor Hourihane | Swansea City | 20 Jan 20 - 31 May 21 |

RB Frédéric Guilbert | RC Strasbourg Alsace | 31 Jan 21 - 30 Jun 21 |

On this day 23 May 2021

Right back Matt Targett makes his 70th appearance for Villa since joining from Southampton in July 2019 and becomes the first outfield Villa player in a decade to start every league game in a season.

Midfielder Marvelous Nakamba makes his 50th appearance for Villa since joining the club from Club Brugge KV on 1 August 2019.

Villa played in front of their own fans for the first time since February 16, 2020 - 462 days previously.


Pre Match

*Villa manager Dean Smith*

*Sunday, 23 May 2021*

"The players know the expectation of the Villa fans and what they want to see.

"There will certainly be a motivation for all my players. Having the 10,000 fans back will make it, not a normal Villa Park, but one that will motivate myself and the players."


Match Report

*BBC Sport*

*Sunday, 23 May 2021*

Chelsea pipped Leicester to a spot in next season's Champions League despite losing to Aston Villa on the final day of the Premier League season.

The Blues had started the day in third spot, knowing victory over their mid-table opponents would guarantee a place in the group stage of Europe's prestigious knockout club competition.

Thomas Tuchel's side carved out the better chances but fell behind when Bertrand Traore's attempt went in off the underside of the crossbar following Matt Targett's corner.

It went from bad to worse for Chelsea when Edouard Mendy was injured, making him a doubt for next Saturday's Champions League final with Manchester City.

Substitute keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga was beaten by Anwar El Ghazi's second-half penalty after former Chelsea player Traore was fouled by Jorginho, before Ben Chilwell pulled one back for the visitors from close range.

Chelsea finished the game with 10 men after captain Cesar Azpilicueta's straight red card for a foul on Jack Grealish, but Leicester's home defeat by Tottenham means Tuchel's side finish the season in fourth on 67 points - one more than fifth-placed Leicester.

From ninth to Champions League spot

On a dramatic final day, Tuchel and his players experienced a full range of emotions before it was finally confirmed they had secured a Champions League group place.

It is an impressive achievement considering the Blues were ninth when Tuchel took charge in January, and of course his side could yet end the season by being crowned champions of Europe.

But they will have to play better - and show more discipline - than they did against Villa if they are to win in Porto next weekend after their first Premier League away defeat under the German.

Traore was unmarked when he fired Villa ahead, while Jorginho's foul on the Villa midfielder gifted the hosts a second goal from the spot.

Azpilicueta can have few complaints about his red card but most worrying for Tuchel will be the fitness of Mendy.

The Senegal keeper has settled well since arriving from Rennes in September and proved a calming influence on the defenders in front of him. Tuchel will hope his injury does not hamper his plans for next weekend.

Testing summer for Villa

Villa ended a highly satisfactory season with a thrilling win in front of their own fans, and their total of 55 points is 20 more than they managed last season when they escaped relegation on the final day of the campaign.

In front of England boss Gareth Southgate, who names his squad for the European Championship on Tuesday, Villa produced a performance oozing character - but manager Dean Smith faces a big summer.

Grealish's return from injury has added energy to the side but will the captain be at his hometown club next season?

The midfielder, who finished the league season with six goals and 10 assists, continues to attract attention which will no doubt only intensify should he be picked for England for the delayed Euro 2020.

Fellow midfielder Ross Barkley looks likely to return to Chelsea now his loan is over but Villa's future appears to be in good hands.

Ollie Watkins has ended his debut top-flight season with 14 goals while goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez has proved a bargain, the Argentine keeping 15 Premier League clean sheets since arriving for £17m last September.

'Massive positives' - what they said

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith: "I think the fans helped us over the line against a very good Chelsea team. The first 20 minutes I had to count there wasn't more than 11 of them as they seemed to get overloads all over the pitch.

"It's been a season of progression and to finish six places and 20 points higher than we did last season is a sure sign.

"There are massive positives to take from this season but we know we must get better."


Post Match

*Sunday, 23 May 2021*

*Villa manager Dean Smith*

"It was the ideal way to end the season, we came up against a very good team today and gave everything for the shirt.

"Disappointed we did not get the record of clean sheets for Emiliano Martinez, who still holds it level with Brad Friedel. He made some good saves and for all the possession Chelsea had, he made comfortable saves. He has been a magnificent signing and is well respected in the dressing room.

"We all have injuries, we lost Jack Grealish and we have had to deal with it. I had an expected goals table of finishing ninth and we are thereabouts.

"Our target is to progress again and we have players here more than capable of competing with the best teams in the league. When Grealish comes out of the team we have to be more creative."