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Game #5639

Aston Villa

Lost

16th (-)

Sunday, 16 October 2022

Last 5: 🟨 🟩 🟨 🟨 🟥

Premier League

Chelsea

Villa Park

Attendance: 41,754

Aston Villa

0-2

Chelsea

Assist(s) | None

MATCH SUMMARY

🕒 |HT Villa 0-1 Chelsea. Despite Tyrone’s heading mishap it would be difficult to argue that this wasn’t an improvement. Shades of half time against Tottenham at home in 21-22. We know what happened in the second 45’ however. 🕒 |FT Villa 0-2 Chelsea. Villa dominate proceedings from 50’ to 65’ before Chelsea’s first attack of the second half ends in the back of the net. Villa, now with Coutinho on the pitch, revert to Gerrard-ball and what had started as positive showings of improvement ends in a half empty stadium, a chorus of boos and a final ten minutes that saw a team simply resigned to their fate. Make no mistake though, Villa were not booed off, the boos were for Gerrard alone. Gerrard was entirely culpable for the downturn after the 65'.

KEY MAN

Philippe Coutinho, changed the direction of the game after his arrival on 72', not positively.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Sunday, 16 October 2022

🥅 | 6’ Goal, 0-1, (Chelsea), Mason Mount
🕒 | HT Aston Villa 0-1 Chelsea
🥅 | 65’ Goal, 0-2, (Chelsea), Mason Mount
🔁 | 66’ Sub off, Leon Bailey, Sub on Emiliano Buendía
🔁 | 72’ Sub off, John McGinn, Sub on, Philippe Coutinho
🔁 | 77’ Sub off, Jacob Ramsey, Sub on, Leander Dendoncker
🕒 | FT Aston Villa 0-2 Chelsea

ON THIS DAY

Hopefully the day we are finally put out of the Gerrard misery.

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: 2020-21

FIXTURE HISTORY

Chelsea

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FIXTURE DETAILS

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Season | 2022-23 |
Matchday | #11 |
League Game | #10 |
Manager Game | #39 |
Sunday, 16 October 2022
Attendance | 41,754 |

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Steven Gerrard | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Merseyside, 2021-2022
Referee: Robert Jones | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Merseyside, 2016-
Kick off: 2.00pm
Half Time Score: 🟥 0-1
Full Time Result: 🟥 Lost
Full Time Score: 🟥 0-2
Last 5: 🟨 🟩 🟨 🟨 🟥

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Steven Gerrard | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

🕒 39 | 🟩 | 13 🟨 | 8 🟥 18 | 1.21

Villa Career Form:

Bottom 8

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Robert Jones | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Merseyside, 2016- 🆘
Matches Officiated: 9
🟩 : 2
🟨 : 0
🟥 : 7
🆘 : 1
Previous 5: 🟩 🟥 🟥 🟥 🟥
Last Match: 🟥 31 Aug 22, Villa 1-2 Arsenal (a)
Incidents: 🟨 🟨 🟨
Assistants: Lee Betts, Ian Hussin.
Fourth official: Michael Salisbury.
VAR: Stuart Attwell.
Assistant VAR: James Mainwaring.

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

None

Chelsea

🟨 🟨 🟨

TEAM NEWS

With the bosses in town the under pressure Gerrard finally drops Philippe Coutinho but once again wields the axe on Emiliano Buendía bringing in winger Leon Bailey and Danny Ings.

Cameron Archer is missing from the squad with injury meaning no forward options on the bench for Gerrard to turn to. Once again the ostracised Sanson and Nakamba have to be called upon presumably to much embarrassment for Gerrard.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age: | 27.61 |
Bench Average Age: | 27.33 |
Squad Average Age: | 27.47 |
Subs Average Age: | 28.02 |
Oldest Starter: RB Ashley Young | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 37.30 |
Youngest Starter: M Jacob Ramsey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 21.40 |
Oldest Squad Player: RB Ashley Young | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 37.30 |
Youngest Squad Player: CB Lamare Bogarde | 🇳🇱 | 18.47 |
Oldest Substitute: M Philippe Coutinho | 🇧🇷 | 30.36 |
Youngest Substitute: W Emiliano Buendía | 🇦🇷 | 26.16 |

MANAGER

Steven Gerrard | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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Aston Villa

GK Emiliano Martínez | 🇦🇷 |
RB Ashley Young | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Tyrone Mings | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Ezri Konsa | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Matty Cash | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🇵🇱 |
M John McGinn | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | ©️ | 🔁 | 72’ |
M Douglas Luiz | 🇧🇷 |
M Jacob Ramsey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 | 77’ |
W Leon Bailey | 🇯🇲 | 🔁 | 66’ |
CF Danny Ings | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CF Ollie Watkins | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

MANAGER

Graham Potter | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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Chelsea

GK Kepa Arrizabalaga | 🇪🇸 |
RB Ben Chilwell | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 |
CB Trevoh Chalobah | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Thiago Silva | 🇧🇷 |
LB Marc Cucurella | 🇪🇸 | 🔁 |
M Mason Mount | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ | ⚽ | 🟨 |
M Ruben Loftus-Cheek | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Mateo Kovacic | 🇭🇷 | 🔁 |
M Kai Havertz | 🇩🇪 | 🔁 |
W Raheem Sterling | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |
CF Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang | 🇬🇦 | 🔁 |

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 | W Emiliano Buendía | 🇦🇷 | for W Leon Bailey | 🇯🇲 | 66’ |
🔁 | M Philippe Coutinho | 🇧🇷 | for M John McGinn | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | 72’ |
🔁 | M Leander Dendoncker | 🇧🇪 | for M Jacob Ramsey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 77’ |

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 | RB César Azpilicueta | 🇪🇸 | for LB Marc Cucurella | 🇪🇸 | 46’ |
🔁 | CB Kalidou Koulibaly | 🇸🇳 | for M Kai Havertz | 🇩🇪 | 46’ |
🔁 | M Conor Gallagher | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | for CF Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang | 🇬🇦 | 58’ |
🔁 | M Jorginho | 🇮🇹 | for M Mateo Kovacic | 🇭🇷 | 65’ |
🔁 | CF Armando Broja | 🇦🇱 | for W Raheem Sterling | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 89’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Robin Olsen | 🇸🇪 |
CB Calum Chambers | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Jan Bednarek | 🇵🇱 |
CB Lamare Bogarde | 🇳🇱 |
M Morgan Sanson | 🇫🇷 |
M Marvelous Nakamba | 🇿🇼 |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Edouard Mendy | 🇸🇳 |
M Denis Zakaria |🇨🇭|
M Carney Chukwuemeka (ex) | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W Christian Pulisic | 🇺🇸 |

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI Cost: £165.67m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 8/11
Homegrown: 1/11
Subs Cost: £66.06m
Team Cost: £231.73m
Squad Cost: £256.75m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 9/20
Homegrown: 2/20

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI Cost: £349.83m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 5/11
Homegrown: 3/11
Subs Cost: £93.42m
Team Cost: £443.25m
Squad Cost: £538.11m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 7/20
Homegrown: 5/20

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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GK Emiliano Martínez | 🇦🇷 | £19.58m |
GK Robin Olsen | 🇸🇪 | £3.15m |

RB Matty Cash | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🇵🇱 | £14.18m |
RB Ashley Young | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Free |

CB Tyrone Mings | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £20.60m |
CB Ezri Konsa | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £11.97m |
CB Lamare Bogarde | 🇳🇱 | Youth |
CB Calum Chambers | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Free |
CB Jan Bednarek | 🇵🇱 | Loan |

M Philippe Coutinho | 🇧🇷 | £18.00m |
M Douglas Luiz | 🇧🇷 | £15.12m |
M Morgan Sanson | 🇫🇷 | £14.22m |
M Leander Dendoncker | 🇧🇪 | £13.50m |
M Marvelous Nakamba | 🇿🇼 | £10.80m |
M John McGinn | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | £2.79m |
M Jacob Ramsey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Youth |

W Emiliano Buendía | 🇦🇷 | £34.56m |
W Leon Bailey | 🇯🇲 | £28.80m |

CF Danny Ings | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £31.59m |
CF Ollie Watkins | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £27.72m |

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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

LB Marc Cucurella | 🇪🇸 | £58.77m |
RB Ben Chilwell | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £45.18m |
RB César Azpilicueta | 🇪🇸 | £7.92m |

CB Kalidou Koulibaly | 🇸🇳 | £34.20m |
CB Trevoh Chalobah | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Youth |
CB Thiago Silva | 🇧🇷 | Free |

M Kai Havertz | 🇩🇪 | £72.00m |
M Jorginho | 🇮🇹 | £51.30m |
M Mateo Kovacic | 🇭🇷 | £40.50m |
M Carney Chukwuemeka | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £16.20m |
M Conor Gallagher | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Youth |
M Mason Mount | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Youth |
M Ruben Loftus-Cheek | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Youth |
M Denis Zakaria |🇨🇭| Loan |

W Raheem Sterling | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £50.58m |
W Christian Pulisic | 🇺🇸 | £57.60m |

CF Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang | 🇬🇦 | £10.80m |
CF Armando Broja | 🇦🇱 | Youth |

UNAVAILABLE

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Injury | 6 |
GK Jed Steer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Achilles
CB Diego Carlos | 🇧🇷 | Achilles
M Boubacar Kamara | 🇫🇷 | Knee
LB Lucas Digne | 🇫🇷 | Ankle
LB Ludwig Augustinsson | 🇸🇪 | Hamstring
CF Cameron Archer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Groin

Out On Loan | 13 |
W Indiana Vassilev | 🇺🇸 | Inter Miami
GK Viljami Sinisalo | 🇫🇮 | Burton
M Finn Azaz | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Plymouth
CF Louie Barry | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | MK Dons
CF Wesley | 🇧🇷 | Levante
W Jaden Philogene-Bidace | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Cardiff
M Aaron Ramsey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Norwich
RB Kaine Kesler Hayden | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Huddersfield
CF Keinan Davis | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Watford
W Bertrand Traoré | 🇧🇫 | Basaksehir
CB Kortney Hause | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Watford
FB Ben Chrisene | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Kilmarnock
M Tim Iroegbunam | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | QPR

Bomb Squad | 1 | 💣 |
RB Frédéric Guilbert | 🇫🇷 |

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 | 41%
Possession A | 59%
Shots F | 18
Shots A | 8
Shots on Target F | 7
Shots on Target A | 4
Corners F | 7
Corners A | 1
Fouls F | 12
Fouls A | 11

MATCH QUOTES

“I think that is a fact that I have to win over the supporters. If we were stuck in the middle of the table or slightly higher now I wouldn’t be thinking I have already won them over. I would challenge myself to go even higher and better. “I am not someone who settles for what is going on. From the first day I came here until the last day, whenever that may be, and I hope it is a long time, I’ll continue to keep trying to win these supporters over and prove I am the right man for this job. “My message is that we’re doing everything we can to take their frustration away by finding that big performance or big moment in a game that can shift us in the league that can put us in a more positive place. “I think the supporters in the last two games have come for us to grab that and we haven’t. More frustrations come off the back of that, which you’d expect and you understand. All I can do is tell [fans] that we’re doing everything we can to improve things. “I’m aware of the noise. I said after the last game that I won’t bury my head in the sand or put my head in the clouds or anything like that. I’m very aware of (what fans are saying). “On the inside you stick together and accept it. You take the responsibility on your shoulders. The players are very aware of it and we’ve all got to use that frustration to put ourselves in a better position. “I think we have to accept that the start to the season wasn’t good enough. Bournemouth, for example, and the run after that. It is not what we prepared for. “We were really strong through the pre-season and we could not have gone into the season in a better place. Everyone was fit and available. “OK, we’ve had some injuries but that is not an excuse. We still have the players and the squad to be in a better position than we are in. I think that has been highlighted in the last couple of games. “When the Leeds game changed and went to 10 men and also Forest, the position they were in, this team and myself should be getting more than two points out of those games. We have to accept where we are but we are not happy. We are frustrated and we want to put it right. “It also doesn’t matter what you do, (the pressure) is not going anywhere. For me, personally, it doesn’t matter what I do, does it? I can go and lock myself in a dark room, put myself under the bed, put myself in my golf bag in the boot of my car. I can put myself in any place in the world and the pressure is not going to move or change. “The only thing I can do is find a big result or performance, keep believing in what I do, front the challenge, dig in and roll my sleeves up, give more, lead more, put more hours in. Give the players more support. I won’t change. I won’t move or shy away from any of it. “I will front it all up and take the next day on. I will front it and that is what I want my players to do as well. Shying away from it, hiding away from it or pretending it’s gone, or hoping it goes? It only goes with one thing and that is better performances and better results.” Steven Gerrard, pre match. --- “In my eyes, I can see and feel a progression and realise how close we are and we need to change and fire on all cylinders in the final third. I can see it being close to seeing the progression. “I also appreciate that where we look now in the table and people’s opinions and blah, blah, I can understand the pressure, criticism and where the frustration comes from. I’m not trying to pull the wool over anyone’s eyes, for sure.” Steven Gerrard, pre kick off. --- “We were much better today, we created lots and lots of chances, the way we played in and out of possession, the intensity. “The first hour was how I want this team to look. We made a costly mistake and they punished us. The performance was outstanding up to the second goal, which knocked the wind out of us. Up to that point we dominated large parts of the game and on another day could have had a handful of goals. “We have to keep performing. If we have that level of performance I have every confidence and belief in the players. We hit the woodwork three times, the goalkeeper has made a number of saves, we gave everything to the game. “We need to turn these results into wins and try to move up the table. For me it’s about protecting the players. There will be criticism and I need to take the responsibility away from the players. “If we can replicate that 60 minutes we will move up the table quickly as Chelsea could not live with us. I’ve had support from above [the board] but a lot of that support is injured. I have to keep fighting and I will take any criticism that comes my way and accept it.” Steven Gerrard, post match. --- “I was aware of all of the shouts that came behind the bench but I don’t think they were all directed just at me from a personal point of view. Some of them were about some of the decisions in the game. “You can understand the frustration because they’ve seen the team perform ever so well for an hour but, again, no goals. I heard a group singing from the Holte End, I’m aware of it all, but it is what it is. I have to accept it and try and do everything I can to change the way they’re feeling at the moment. “I think I’d be stupid not to be concerned and aware of where we’re at. I’ll accept that. Every time I’ve spoken to you guys I’ve fronted up. I won’t hide from the responsibility, criticism or the noise coming from the stands today. “But what I will say is that if these players can replicate that first hour today moving forward I don’t think this team will have an issue and they certainly won’t be in the area they’re in now in the league because if we can do that to Chelsea and that level of opponent and reward ourselves with that level of chances, I don’t think we’ll have any issues.” Steven Gerrard, needing a little help to understand why the first 60’ was so different from the final 30’. --- “We want the Manchester City performance and today’s hour consistently, that’s where we’re trying to get to. Fulham is a different game, a different challenge away from home. “I’ve just said to the players, I know you’ll be frustrated and disappointed, I know you will off the back of a defeat, but if you can replicate that after Fulham, I don’t think we’ll have many problems. “It’s my job (to lift them) and that’s my responsibility. I won’t step back or aside. I’ll continue to drive and motivate these players. They’ve got to do that to themselves as well and keep pushing each other. Today, before the game, they looked ready and had prepared well. The response was there and it’s just that last bit missing at the moment. “To be fair to Tyrone I’ve been in dressing rooms where people who make mistakes don’t put their hand up and don’t take responsibility for them. Tyrone’s done that and I’ve told him there’s no need to do that because his reaction was superb from there. “His form’s improved dramatically in my opinion. He’s been one of our strong performers. Outside of that mistake I thought he was good again today and the team’s reaction was positive and strong and, as a manager, that’s all you can ask for.” Steven Gerrard. --- “Now Watkins, Ings and Bailey are playing in the front three, I think that is more convincing than Coutinho and Buendia. There’s this fixation a little bit with Coutinho and the quality he has, I get that. But I feel these three bring a better balance for sure. “And Luiz as well coming into that midfield. He’s signed a new deal, and I think that’s a great move.” Martin Keown, ex-Villain, nails it. --- “What’s your job, what’s your role in the team? Say Coutinho - your job is to score goals and make goals. That’s why you’re here. How many goals have you scored, how many assists have you made? Are you getting on the ball for us? The answer is no.” Dean Saunders, ex-villain nails it. --- “Villa are in trouble.” Neil Taylor, ex-villain nails it. --- “Steven’s biggest problem is that the teams around them are playing well.” Ally McMoist, doesn’t. ---

MATCH REPORT

*BBC Sport*
Sunday, 16 October 2022

**Mason Mount scored his first two club goals of the season as Chelsea survived a first-half onslaught against Aston Villa to continue Graham Potter’s unbeaten start as manager.** The England international was gifted an opener when Tyrone Mings’ header fell to him for an easy finish after six minutes. And in front of the watching England boss Gareth Southgate, Mount added a second from a 25-yard free-kick - but again he was helped after Villa keeper Emiliano Martinez was wrong-footed. Villa, who had been unbeaten in four games, did everything but score in the first half but found Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga in inspired form as he denied Danny Ings, John McGinn and Jacob Ramsey. Potter, who is now six games unbeaten since taking over as Chelsea boss last month, and whose side have won the last five, gambled by playing forward Raheem Sterling at right wing-back following a knee injury to Reece James, which is set to keep the defender out of the World Cup. But after seeing Villa dominate the first half without finding the net, Potter moved Sterling up front and enjoyed a more comfortable second half, which kept Chelsea in fourth, four points behind third-placed Tottenham with a game in hand. Villa might have been let down by two costly errors, and were booed at the final whistle, but manager Steven Gerrard would have been encouraged by his side’s first-half display, if not their finishing. Mount and Arrizabalaga earn hard-fought win Potter had already experimented with Sterling as a wing-back, opting for the England international on the left in his first game after joining the club last month, a draw against RB Salzburg. But against Villa it backfired as the hosts tore down the flanks, with Sterling leaving the right side of the defence exposed. After Mount was gifted his goal by Mings, Chelsea were left chasing the ball. Marc Cucurella struggled as Ings, Ollie Watkins and Leon Bailey caused problems right across the attack, helped by the fact that McGinn was doubling up on Villa’s left side. The defence was indebted to Arrizabalaga, who made six first-half saves, including a brilliant stop to deny Ings’ header from point-blank range. Five minutes before half-time, Potter admitted his tactical plan h