Game #5635

2021-22

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Premier League

Chelsea

Stamford Bridge

Attendance: 39,969

Saturday, 11 September 2021

Villa put in an excellent performance but come out losers at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea

3-0

Aston Villa

Scorer(s) | None |

Assist(s) | None |

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AT A GLANCE

Game #5635

Season | 2021-22 |
Matchday | #5 |
League Match | #4 |
Manager Game | #130 |
Saturday, 11 September 2021
Attendance | - |

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Dean Smith |
Kick off | 5.30pm |
Referee | Stuart Attwell |
Half Time Score | 0-1 |
Full Time Result | Lost |
Full Time Score | 0-3 |
Last 5 Games | LWWDL |

TEAM STATS

Team Cost:
| £135.64m |

Starting XI Average Age:
| 25.56 |

Oldest Player:
CF Danny Ings | 29.51 |

Youngest Player:
M Jacob Ramsey | 20.30 |

TEAM NEWS

With Emiliano Martínez and Buendía absent due to international controversy, Dean Smith hands a first Premier League start to Jed Steer since making his shortlived debut in the top flight on Sunday, 10 November 2019. Tyrone Mings, John McGinn and Jacob Ramsey return whilst Ollie Watkins makes his first start of the season after injury. Other than the Argentinian two, Ashley Young, Anwar El Ghazi and Carney Chukwuemeka drop out.

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 4 |
W Trézéguet |
Ligament, 10 Apr - Unknown |
CF Keinan Davis |
Unknown, 14 Aug - Unknown |
M Carney Chukwuemeka
Adductor Strain, 11 Sep - Unknown |
W Jaden Philogene-Bidace, Ankle, 11 Sep - Unknown |

On Loan | 3 |
CF Wesley |
Club Brugge KV, 26 Aug - 31 May 22 |
M Conor Hourihane |
Sheffield United, 30 Aug to 31 May 22 |
RB Frédéric Guilbert |
RC Strasbourg Alsace, 31 Aug - 30 Jun 22 |

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 43%
Possession A | 57%
Shots F | 18
Shots A | 12
Shots on Target F | 6
Shots on Target A | 4
Corners F | 11
Corners A | 4
Fouls F | 11
Fouls A | 11

MATCH PROGRAMME

LEAGUE TABLE

STARTING LINE UP

GK Jed Steer
LB Matt Targett
CB Axel Tuanzebe
CB Ezri Konsa
CB Tyrone Mings
RB Matty Cash
M Douglas Luiz
M John McGinn
M Jacob Ramsey
F Danny Ings
CF Ollie Watkins

SUBSTITUTES

W Leon Bailey for M Jacob Ramsey | 56’ |
W Bertrand Traoré for F Danny Ings | 69’ |
M Marvelous Nakamba for M Douglas Luiz | 80’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Viljami Sinisalo
CB Kortney Hause
M Morgan Sanson
W Ashley Young
W Anwar El Ghazi
CF Cameron Archer

THE OPPOSITION

GK Edouard Mendy, CB Antonio Rüdiger, LB Marcus Alonso, CB Thiago Silva, M Mateo Kovačić (g), CB Trevor Chalobah, M Saúl Ñíguez (M Jorginho), M Kai Havertz (RB César Azpilicueta), CF Romelu Lukaku (g) (g), W Callum Hudson-Odoi (CF Timo Werner), M Hakin Ziyech.

Manager: Thomas Tuchel.
Team Cost: £432.72m
Homegrown players: 2
Average Age: 24.54

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

Tyrone Mings, error cost Villa a second and defeat, Saturday, 11 September 2021

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MATCH TIMELINE

8’ Booking, Jacob Ramsey, bad foul
15’ Goal, 0-1, (Chelsea), Romelu Lukaku
28’ Booking, Tyrone Mings, bad foul
HT Chelsea 1-0 Aston Villa
49’ Goal, 0-2, (Chelsea), Mateo Kovačić
56’ Sub off, Jacob Ramsey, Sub on, Leon Bailey
69’ Sub off, Danny Ings, Sub on, Bertrand Traoré
80’ Sub off, Douglas Luiz, Sub on, Marvelous Nakamba
90’ Booking, Matt Targett
90’ Booking, John McGinn, bad foul
90’+3 Goal, 0-3, (Chelsea), Romelu Lukaku
FT Chelsea 3-0 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Dean Smith's Villa take the game to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge but run out losers to make it one win, one draw and two defeats in the opening four Premier League games of the season.

QUOTES

“I was pleased with our performance up until the second goal, but we didn’t take our chances. That took the wind out of our sails and we allowed a team with the quality they have got to open up the pitch and play keep-ball.

“I felt it was an unjust scoreline but we’ve got a better squad of players this season and the depth and talent we’ve got allows us to play in Chelsea’s half and that’s what we did.

“I believe in this group of players that we’ve got and we can go toe-to-toe with these teams now whereas two years ago we weren’t able to.”

On COVID-19 quarantine rules that left Villa without Emiliano Martínez and Emiliano Buendía:

”We’re all frustrated with the whole situation. We’re between a rock and a hard place.

“They have Fifa World Cup qualifiers and you can’t deny your players to play in that when they’ve been called up.”

Villa boss Dean Smith.

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*The Guardian*
Saturday, 11 September 2021

"Somehow, despite being inferior to Villa in almost every aspect of the game, they were ahead when the interval arrived."

MATCH REPORT

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*Romelu Lukaku’s double downs Aston Villa and keeps Chelsea flying high*

A feeling of serenity tends to fall over a team who have a lethal finisher leading the line. This was the kind of game that Chelsea would have blown last season. Villa were awkward opponents, particularly during a testing first half for Thomas Tuchel’s side, and it could have been a different story if they had shown greater ruthlessness when they were on top.

Instead, after a day dominated by Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to English football, the glory belonged to another expensive import from Serie A. The narrative belonged to Romelu Lukaku, whose clinical touch in front of goal has given Chelsea the look of genuine title contenders. The Belgian was outstanding, settling Chelsea’s nerves in the first half, and he gave the scoreline a deceptively emphatic feel with a spectacular goal in the dying stages.

The pattern of play during the opening period provided a perfect illustration of why Chelsea broke their transfer record for Lukaku. Somehow, despite being inferior to Villa in almost every aspect of the game, they were ahead when the interval arrived. Dean Smith’s side had barely done anything wrong and yet they still found themselves behind when they walked back to the dressing room, their frustration immense as they looked back on a series of squandered chances, some inspired goalkeeping from Édouard Mendy and the one moment when they allowed Lukaku to squirm from their grasp.

Chelsea had struggled to convince before Lukaku’s splendid opener in the 15th minute, with Saúl Ñiguez blown away by the sheer speed of the play after being handed his debut alongside Mateo Kovacic in midfield. The Spaniard looked uncomfortable from the first whistle and Villa’s midfielders duly identified him as a weak link, repeatedly hustling him off the ball before looking to send Danny Ings and Ollie Watkins behind the home defence.

It was a smart ploy from the visitors, who matched Chelsea’s 3-4-3 system, and it should have brought a reward midway through the half. John McGinn played Watkins in on goal and the striker looked certain to score after rounding Mendy, only for Thiago Silva to deny him with a magnificent block.

Watkins had also threatened from further out, cutting inside from the left and forcing Mendy to push his effort wide. The chances were piling up for Villa and they would have drawn level but for a wonderful piece of goalkeeping from Mendy shortly before half-time. The Chelsea goalkeeper did well to repel a firm drive from Tyrone Mings and he showed wonderful reflexes to save the rebound, leaping to his feet to claw Ezri Konsa’s scuffed shot away.

Improbably Chelsea survived with their lead intact. Their clinical edge, combined with a fair amount of luck, had made the difference. Although they were lethargic, they still had enough quality and they made it count when Kovacic, swerving through midfield with a lovely shimmy, sent Lukaku clear with a sublime pass down the left.
As with all the top strikers, Lukaku was content to wait for his chance to arrive. The striker sped clear, chopped inside to skip past Axel Tuanzebe’s desperate lunge and smashed a low shot past Jed Steer with his right foot.

Ultimately Villa, who were without the isolating duo of Emi Buendía and Emiliano Martínez, only had themselves to blame. They took little satisfaction from forcing Tuchel to put Saúl out of his misery and bring on Jorginho at half-time. Instead there was the sense of a missed opportunity for much of the second half, deflation taking hold after a dreadful backpass from Mings allowed Kovacic to double Chelsea’s lead in the 49th minute.

Hardly the most lethal of finishers, Kovacic readily accepted the chance to score his first goal since December 2019. The Croatian capped a strong display by sweeping the ball past Steer and Villa were left with little option but to accept their fate, even though Watkins went close to pulling one back with a shot that went just wide.

In the end Chelsea cruised to victory. Callum Hudson-Odoi, making his first appearance of the season, acquitted himself well at right wing-back and the final word went to Lukaku, who smashed in his second in stoppage-time after a wonderful run from the substitute César Azpilicueta.

*Romelu Lukaku’s double downs Aston Villa and keeps Chelsea flying high*

A feeling of serenity tends to fall over a team who have a lethal finisher leading the line. This was the kind of game that Chelsea would have blown last season. Villa were awkward opponents, particularly during a testing first half for Thomas Tuchel’s side, and it could have been a different story if they had shown greater ruthlessness when they were on top.

Instead, after a day dominated by Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to English football, the glory belonged to another expensive import from Serie A. The narrative belonged to Romelu Lukaku, whose clinical touch in front of goal has given Chelsea the look of genuine title contenders. The Belgian was outstanding, settling Chelsea’s nerves in the first half, and he gave the scoreline a deceptively emphatic feel with a spectacular goal in the dying stages.

The pattern of play during the opening period provided a perfect illustration of why Chelsea broke their transfer record for Lukaku. Somehow, despite being inferior to Villa in almost every aspect of the game, they were ahead when the interval arrived. Dean Smith’s side had barely done anything wrong and yet they still found themselves behind when they walked back to the dressing room, their frustration immense as they looked back on a series of squandered chances, some inspired goalkeeping from Édouard Mendy and the one moment when they allowed Lukaku to squirm from their grasp.

Chelsea had struggled to convince before Lukaku’s splendid opener in the 15th minute, with Saúl Ñiguez blown away by the sheer speed of the play after being handed his debut alongside Mateo Kovacic in midfield. The Spaniard looked uncomfortable from the first whistle and Villa’s midfielders duly identified him as a weak link, repeatedly hustling him off the ball before looking to send Danny Ings and Ollie Watkins behind the home defence.

It was a smart ploy from the visitors, who matched Chelsea’s 3-4-3 system, and it should have brought a reward midway through the half. John McGinn played Watkins in on goal and the striker looked certain to score after rounding Mendy, only for Thiago Silva to deny him with a magnificent block.

Watkins had also threatened from further out, cutting inside from the left and forcing Mendy to push his effort wide. The chances were piling up for Villa and they would have drawn level but for a wonderful piece of goalkeeping from Mendy shortly before half-time. The Chelsea goalkeeper did well to repel a firm drive from Tyrone Mings and he showed wonderful reflexes to save the rebound, leaping to his feet to claw Ezri Konsa’s scuffed shot away.

Improbably Chelsea survived with their lead intact. Their clinical edge, combined with a fair amount of luck, had made the difference. Although they were lethargic, they still had enough quality and they made it count when Kovacic, swerving through midfield with a lovely shimmy, sent Lukaku clear with a sublime pass down the left.
As with all the top strikers, Lukaku was content to wait for his chance to arrive. The striker sped clear, chopped inside to skip past Axel Tuanzebe’s desperate lunge and smashed a low shot past Jed Steer with his right foot.

Ultimately Villa, who were without the isolating duo of Emi Buendía and Emiliano Martínez, only had themselves to blame. They took little satisfaction from forcing Tuchel to put Saúl out of his misery and bring on Jorginho at half-time. Instead there was the sense of a missed opportunity for much of the second half, deflation taking hold after a dreadful backpass from Mings allowed Kovacic to double Chelsea’s lead in the 49th minute.

Hardly the most lethal of finishers, Kovacic readily accepted the chance to score his first goal since December 2019. The Croatian capped a strong display by sweeping the ball past Steer and Villa were left with little option but to accept their fate, even though Watkins went close to pulling one back with a shot that went just wide.

In the end Chelsea cruised to victory. Callum Hudson-Odoi, making his first appearance of the season, acquitted himself well at right wing-back and the final word went to Lukaku, who smashed in his second in stoppage-time after a wonderful run from the substitute César Azpilicueta.