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Game #5562

Aston Villa

Drew

5th (+2)

Monday, 28 December 2020

Last 5: 🟩 🟨 🟩 🟩 🟨

Premier League

Chelsea

Stamford Bridge

Attendance: Behind closed doors
(COVID-19)

Chelsea

1-1

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | Matty Cash | 50' |

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa end 2020 with a well deserved draw at Stamford Bridge - only the second time in nine away games in all competitions that they've failed to win.

KEY MAN

Anwar El Ghazi scores his fifth in five games, 28 December 2020

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MATCH TIMELINE

Monday, 28 December 2020

🥅 | 34’ Goal, 0-1, (Chelsea), Olivier Giroud
🕒 | HT Chelsea 1-0 Aston Villa
⚽ | 50’ Goal, 1-1, Anwar El Ghazi, Assist by Matty Cash
🔁 | 82’ Sub off, Anwar El Ghazi, Sub on, Jacob Ramsey
🔁 | 87’ Sub off, Bertrand Traoré, Sub on, Keinan Davis
🟨 | 71’ Booking, Anwar El Ghazi
🕒 | FT Chelsea 1-1 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Anwar El Ghazi scores his fifth goal in 5 games

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: 🏆
UEFA Cup / Europa League: ❌
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: ❌
League Champions: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
Last Trophy: 1995-96

Chelsea

European Cup / Champions League: 🏆
UEFA Cup / Europa League: 🏆🏆
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: 🏆🏆
League Champions: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
Last Trophy: 2018-19

FIXTURE HISTORY

Chelsea

Previous 5 vs. Chelsea: 🟥 🟥 🟥 🟥 🟥

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FIXTURE DETAILS

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Season | 2020-21 |
Matchday | #17 |
League Match | #14 |
Manager Game | #101 |
Monday, 28 December 2020

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Dean Smith | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | West Bromwich, 2018-2021
Referee: Stuart Attwell | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Nuneaton, 2007-
Kick off: 5.30pm
HT Score: 🟥 0-1
FT Result: 🟨 Drew
FT Score: 🟨 1-1
Last 5: 🟩 🟨 🟩 🟩 🟨

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Dean Smith | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

🕒 101 | 🟩 | 43 🟨 | 21 🟥 37 | 1.49

Villa Career Form:

Top 8

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Stuart Attwell | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Nuneaton, 2007-
Matches Officiated: 9
🟩 : 7
🟨 : 2
🟥 : 0
🆘 : 1
Previous 5: 🟩 🟩 🟩 🟨 🟩
Last Match: 🟩 28 Sep 20, Villa 3-0 Fulham (a)
Cards: 🟨 🟨 🟨
Assistants: Simon Long, Neil Davies

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

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Chelsea

🟨 🟨 🟨

TEAM NEWS

Dean Smith names an unchanged team from the side that ripped apart Crystal Palace in the previous game with one exception - Ezri Konsa replacing suspended Tyrone Mings. Midfielder Ross Barkley and winger Trézéguet miss out once again due to hamstring injuries. Björn Engels also returns to the match-day squad having not appeared for Villa since Monday, 9 March 2020.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age: | 25.08 |
Oldest Player: GK Emiliano Martínez | 🇦🇷 | 28.34 |
Youngest Player: M Douglas Luiz | 🇧🇷 | 22.65 |

MANAGER

Dean Smith | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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Aston Villa

GK Emiliano Martínez | 🇦🇷 |
RB Matty Cash | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔥 |
CB Kortney Hause | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Ezri Konsa | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
LB Matt Targett | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M John McGinn | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
M Douglas Luiz | 🇧🇷 |
M Jack Grealish | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W Bertrand Traoré | 🇧🇫 | 🔁 |
W Anwar El Ghazi | 🇳🇱 | ⚽ | 🟨 | 🔁 |
CF Ollie Watkins | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

MANAGER

Frank Lampard | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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Chelsea

GK Edouard Mendy | 🇸🇳 |
LB Ben Chilwell | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Antonio Rüdiger | 🇩🇪 |
CB Andreas Christensen | 🇩🇰 |
RB César Azpilicueta | 🇪🇸 | 🟨 |
M Jorginho | 🇮🇹 | 🔁 |
M N’Golo Kanté | 🇫🇷 | 🟨 |
M Mason Mount | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W Christian Pulišić | 🇺🇸 |
W Callum Hudson-Odoi | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CF Olivier Giroud | 🇫🇷 | ⚽ | 🟨 | 🔁 |

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STARTING XI

SUBSTITUTES

Not necessarily indicative of the actual matchday formation

UNUSED

Player

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 M Jacob Ramsey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | for W Anwar El Ghazi | 🇳🇱 | 82' |
🔁 CF Keinan Davis | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | for W Bertrand Traoré | 🇧🇫 | 87' |

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 | CF Timo Werner | 🇩🇪 | for M Jorginho | 🇮🇹 | 72’ |
🔁 | M Kai Havertz | 🇩🇪 | for CF Olivier Giroud | 🇫🇷 | 72’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Tom Heaton | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
LB Neil Taylor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 |
CB Björn Engels | 🇧🇪 |
RB Ahmed Elmohamady | 🇪🇬 |
RB Frédéric Guilbert | 🇫🇷 |
M Marvelous Nakamba | 🇿🇼 |
M Conor Hourihane | 🇮🇪 |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Kepa Arrizabalaga | 🇪🇸 |
CB Thiago Silva | 🇧🇷 |
CB Fikayo Tomori | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Mateo Kovacic | 🇭🇷 |
M Billy Gilmour | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
CF Tammy Abraham (ex) | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI Cost: £132.76m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 7/11
Homegrown: 1/11
Subs Cost: £0.00m
Team Cost: £132.76m
Squad Cost: £167.32m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 11/20
Homegrown: 2/20

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI Cost: £258.73m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 3/11
Homegrown: 3/11
Subs Cost: £119.70m
Team Cost: £378.43m
Squad Cost: £490,93m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 6/20
Homegrown: 6/20

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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GK Emiliano Martínez | 🇦🇷 | £19.58m |
GK Tom Heaton | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £7.92m |

RB Matty Cash | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £14.18m |
LB Matt Targett | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £14.04m |
RB Frédéric Guilbert | 🇫🇷 | £4.50m |
RB Ahmed Elmohamady | 🇪🇬 | £0.99m |
LB Neil Taylor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 | Exchange |

CB Ezri Konsa | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £11.97m |
CB Björn Engels | 🇧🇪 | £7.20m |
CB Kortney Hause | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £2.70m |

M Douglas Luiz | 🇧🇷 | £15.12m |
M Marvelous Nakamba | 🇿🇼 | £10.80m |
M Conor Hourihane | 🇮🇪 | £3.15m |
M John McGinn | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | £2.79m |
M Jack Grealish | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Youth |
M Jacob Ramsey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Youth |

W Bertrand Traoré | 🇧🇫 | £16.56m |
W Anwar El Ghazi | 🇳🇱 | £8.10m |

CF Ollie Watkins | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £27.72m |
CF Keinan Davis | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Free |

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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GK Kepa Arrizabalaga | 🇪🇸 | £72.00m |
GK Edouard Mendy | 🇸🇳 | £21.06m |

LB Ben Chilwell | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £44.00m |
RB César Azpilicueta | 🇪🇸 | £7.92m |

CB Antonio Rüdiger | 🇩🇪 | £31.50m |
CB Andreas Christensen | 🇩🇰 | Youth |
CB Fikayo Tomori | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Youth |
CB Thiago Silva | 🇧🇷 | Free |

M Kai Havertz | 🇩🇪 | £72.00m |
M Jorginho | 🇮🇹 | £51.30m |
M Mateo Kovacic | 🇭🇷 | £40.50m |
M N’Golo Kanté | 🇫🇷 | £30.75m |
M Mason Mount | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Youth |
M Billy Gilmour | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | Youth |

W Christian Pulišić | 🇺🇸 | £57.60m |
W Callum Hudson-Odoi | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Youth |

CF Timo Werner | 🇩🇪 | £47.70m |
CF Olivier Ground | 🇫🇷 | £14.60m |
CF Tammy Abraham (ex) | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Youth |

UNAVAILABLE

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Injury | 3 |
CF Wesley | 🇧🇷 | Knee, ACL
M Ross Barkley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Hamstring
W Trézéguet | 🇪🇬 | Hamstring

Suspension | 1 |
CB Tyrone Mings | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

Not Selected | 2 |
GK Jed Steer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
GK Lovre Kalinić | 🇭🇷 |

Unregistered | 1 |
M Henri Lansbury | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

UNAVAILABLE

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Not Recorded

Player Positions:

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GK : Goalkeeper
CB, D, B : Centre Back, Defender, Back
FB, LB, RB, WH : Full Back, Left Back, Right Back, Wing Back, Wing Half


M, CH, LH, RH : Midfielder, Centre Half, Left Half, Right Half
W, OL, OR : Winger, Outside Left, Outside Right
F, IF, IL, IR : Forward, Inside Forward, Inside Left, Inside Right, Second Striker, False 9
CF : Centre Forward

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Match Symbols:

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⚽ | Goal
🔥 | Assist
🔁 | Substitution

🟨 | Booking

🟥 | Sending off

🆘 | Poor refereeing performance
🟢 : Debut 🔴 : Final Game

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 36%
Possession A | 64%
Shots F | 10
Shots A | 16
Shots on Target F | 2
Shots on Target A | 5
Corners F | 4
Corners A | 11
Fouls F | 3
Fouls A | 16

MATCH QUOTES

Post Match *Villa boss Dean Smith* *Monday, 28 December 2020* "We started the first half really well, thought we controlled it, then they started switching it easily to the left flank and Bertrand Traore was getting dragged in. "We changed that at half-time and looked better for it. "There were some tired legs out there towards the end so we just hoped there wouldn't be a mistake that was costly." On Anwar El Ghazi “He [Anwar El Ghazi] had an up-and-down season last season. We started this season really well with Jack on one side and Trezeguet on the other. Him and Bertrand have seized their chance. Anwar’s come in and scored five goals in five games, you can’t argue with that.” On John McGinn "He [John McGinn] is a wonderful character in the dressing room, he had a serious injury last year - the fractured ankle [against] Southampton in December - and didn't come back until June. In Project Restart he was playing catch up and now he is back to his best. "He's an old fashioned midfielder, he's box to box, he sticks his backside in, loves a tackle and on top of that he is a wonderful character." On Villa's progress "We all know how tough it is in the Premier League. When we got promoted we had to bring in 13 new players and it takes time for them to bed in straight away. "We managed to retain our status [last] season, then you have to be choosy who you pick and we could only bring in five players. "But you have to be here three or four seasons to have the depth a lot of clubs have, the longer you're in it the more depth you can have." On playing twice in 48 hours ​"It's tough turning it around but I trust the players. I asked every one of them if they were ready to go again [after playing on Saturday] and they looked me in the eye and said they were. "It's a big thing to have that trust and they have gone and proved that today. "We've had to battle at times today, there were spells of pressure from both teams but it is great to get a point here." --- ​*Villa midfielder John McGinn* *Monday, 28 December 2020* “It was a very even game. Chelsea are a good side. Not many teams come here and get a result. Especially after the last couple of days [Two games in 48 hours] it’s a good result. “We’ve shown great character this season. We’ve coupled that with ability and determination, everyone’s grafting until the last second and fighting for every ball. “Last season we might have come away with a defeat, but we stuck at it and got the point. “During this tough year I think us as footballers have been very fortunate doing what we love. Maybe it’s a bit unfortunate without supporters, but there are plenty of people unable to go about their daily routine.” ---

MATCH REPORT

*BBC Football*
*Monday, 28 December 2020*

Anwar El Ghazi scored his fifth goal in as many games as Aston Villa came from behind to earn a point against Chelsea in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge. Villa were trailing to an Olivier Giroud header when El Ghazi scored a second-half equaliser that saw the in-form visitors stretch their unbeaten run to five games. Dean Smith's side started brightly but found themselves behind when Giroud marked his return to the Chelsea starting line-up with a trademark finish from Ben Chilwell's cross. Parity was restored five minutes after the interval, though, when the unmarked El Ghazi converted Matty Cash's inviting delivery at the back post. Both sides had chances to steal victory, with Villa coming closest when John McGinn smashed a thunderous long-range effort off the crossbar. The result sees Villa move up to fifth in the table, level on points with sixth-placed Chelsea - with both sides now a point outside the top four. Villa have two games in hand on second-placed Leicester and are three points behind the Foxes. Chelsea began the month with a 17-match unbeaten run in all competitions, but had lost three of their previous four games before facing Villa, and that meant the spotlight was on the west London club going into the match. Boss Frank Lampard delivered on his promise to make changes from the side beaten at Arsenal and World Cup-winning France forward Giroud was one of six new faces in the starting line-up. The Blues boss was looking for fresh impetus to kick-start his side's season and Giroud, as he has so often done against Villa, came up with an answer. The 34-year-old has now scored in three of his last four league starts for the club and he continued his fine form when he arched his back to guide Chilwell's square ball past Emiliano Martinez. Giroud has scored in each of his last seven Premier League appearances against Villa, netting nine goals, but the Blues lacked cutting edge in attack after Villa's equaliser. From nine second-half attempts, only three were on target, with Callum Hudson-Odoi producing the best effort with a low strike that was well saved by Martinez. Chelsea spent about £200m this summer but Germany internationals Timo Werner and Kai Havertz were limited to just 18 minutes off the bench against Villa after taking time to settle since moving to the Premier League. Lampard will be looking for more from Werner and the club's record signing Havertz if they are to establish themselves in this season's top four and push for silverware. Grealish-inspired Villa on song Having survived on the final day of last season, Villa have enjoyed an impressive upturn in fortune this season. In contrast to Chelsea, Villa have won three of their last four games and they are playing with confidence, inspired by their talisman Jack Grealish and driven on by the tireless McGinn. Only Liverpool have won more points at home than Chelsea this season, but Villa started on the front foot, with the influential Grealish involved in three of their first five attempts within 25 minutes. In El Ghazi, Villa also suddenly have an unlikely hero, with the 25-year-old discovering a welcome ability to pop up in the right place at the right time. The Netherlands forward had only scored four goals in his first 37 appearances before this current purple patch. Villa had not earned a point from a losing position this season before this game, so this draw is further proof Smith's side continue to make progress from the relegation-haunted team of the last campaign. --- *The Guardian* *Monday, 28 December 2020* Aston Villa's Anwar El Ghazi strikes to earn draw as Chelsea stutter goes on ​On a bitter night Chelsea and Aston Villa fought out a commendably feisty draw that will leave Dean Smith the happier manager. Villa produced a compact, resilient performance and might easily have won, even if Anwar El Ghazi’s second-half goal was helped by weak defending from Andreas Christensen, who injured his foot trying to foul Jack Grealish. For Frank Lampard a point made it four from a possible 15 over 17 days either side of Christmas. Chelsea were bitty at times and convincing at others but there was no lack of effort or fight. “The performance was good, I thought we deserved to win the game, we saw a lot of good signs in the attitude of the team,” Chelsea’s manager said. ​Stamford Bridge was a striking spectacle under the cold white lights, steam billowing off the players, the shouts of the benches ringing around this tier 4 ghost ground. ​For both teams this was a second game in the space of three days. Villa came to west London not just in fine form but playing a rousing style of football, able to press from the front or counterattack. Smith resisted the urge to rotate, and talked afterwards about the need to maintain “momentum and confidence”. “They looked me in the eye and said they were ready to go again. You have to have that trust with your players and I certainly have that with mine.” Chelsea had the means and the need to rotate this evolving team. After three defeats in four Lampard had talked about “personality” and players not working hard enough. This kind of thing might work as a screen in public but it is to be hoped in private the manager is focusing more closely on combinations, attacking rhythms, and drawing the most from a group of players assembled on the hoof. Timo Werner, in particular, is a high spec part used to running into space from deep in a more central role. His lack of impact is not a failing of personality but a confusion of roles. Here he was rested at the start. Cesar Azpilicueta came in at right-back – “Reece James has a small hamstring issue,” Lampard said. Olivier Giroud and Callum Hudson-Odoi started in attack. Chelsea began with some pent-up aggression. Twice in the opening minutes Grealish was jostled to the ground and left waving his hand in search of a free-kick. With 11 minutes gone Chelsea made the first real chance. Christian Pulisic picked up a misplaced Grealish pass, skittered through the right-hand channel and spanked a powerful shot just wide. At the other end Grealish pranced away from a line of blue shirts, hit the byline and pulled the ball back into a crowd of players just away from Ollie Watkins. After which Chelsea’s initial burst of energy settled into a muted back-and-forth. Ben Chilwell’s overlapping runs were by far the most potent weapon, helped by Bertrand Traoré’s failure to track back. And it was from this side they took the lead on 34 minutes. Chilwell took a neat pass from Pulisic. His cross to the near post was perfectly clipped for Giroud to lean in, wrench his neck muscles and send a lovely centre forward’s header into the bottom corner. It was Giroud’s eighth goal in his past eight Chelsea games. He linked the play well, moved with an easy gliding intelligence, and gave the Chelsea attack a kind of on-the-hoof coherence. Soon after the lively Mason Mount skipped through on the left and smashed a shot over the bar from an angle. Hudson-Odoi began to float across and join the attack in the centre. And Chelsea were dominant as half-time approached, zipping the ball about at speed, combinations firing. The second half began as the first had ended. Another fine Chilwell cross fell safely. “They kept getting a two-v-one in the first half on the left but we addressed that at half-time,” Smith said. It took five minutes for Villa to draw level. The goal came from a 50-50 challenge between Grealish and Christensen near the halfway line. Christensen left a leg out as Grealish grooved past. This was a case of mugging yourself as both players went down in pain. The Chelsea man stayed down. Stuart Attwell waved play on correctly. Villa funnelled the ball to the right. Matty Cash curled in a dipping cross and El Ghazi volleyed through Édouard Mendy’s legs. Christensen was soon back on his feet. His absence was expertly pounced on. It really was a moment for a central defender to hobble back into position rather than wait for attention. Chelsea pressed back with commendable energy. There was a startling clearance off the line by Ezri Konsa with 65 minutes gone, leaping back to clear a goalbound header from Pulisic. Two minutes later the increasingly prominent John McGinn smashed a shot on to the Chelsea bar from 30 yards. Villa had come on strong in that middle period, Douglas Luiz and McGinn wresting control of midfield. With 20 minutes to go Lampard sent on Werner and Kai Havertz. Villa’s Jacob Ramsey shot inches wide shortly after coming on. Chilwell smashed a late volley past the far post. A point apiece was fair but Villa left with a greater sense of purpose. ---