Game #5650

2021-22

Position:

11th (-2)

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Premier League

Chelsea

Villa Park

Attendance: 41,907

Sunday, 26 December 2021

Villa take the lead but lose to a title challenging Chelsea side as Covid stricken Steven Gerrard is absent.

Aston Villa

1-3

Chelsea

Scorer(s) | Own Goal | 28' |

Assist(s) | None |

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AT A GLANCE

Game #5650

Season | 2021-22 |
Matchday | #20 |
League Match | #18 |
Manager Game | #7 |
Sunday, 26 December 2021
Attendance | 41,907 |

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Steven Gerrard |
*Absent due to Covid-19*
Caretaker Manager | Gary McAllister |
Kick off | 5.30pm |
Referee | Martin Atkinson |
Half Time Score | 1-1 |
Full Time Result | Lost |
Full Time Score | 1-3 |
Last 5 Games | LWLWL |

TEAM STATS

Team Cost: £221.47m
Squad Cost: £225.01m

Starting XI Average Age: 25.98

Oldest Player: 29.80
F Danny Ings

Youngest Player: 20.59
M Jacob Ramsey

TEAM NEWS

Morgan Sanson and Danny Ings return after illness and injury respectively as Ashley Young and John McGinn are rules out with COVID-19. Bertrand Traoré returns to the bench after long term injury alongside recent returnee Trézéguet as the substitutes bench has a significantly more experienced look than in recent games with just two under 23 players represented in Carney Chukwuemeka and Tim Iroegbunam.

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 3 |
Leon Bailey | Thigh, 5 Dec-
Marvelous Nakamba | Knee, 14 Dec -
Ashley Young | Broken Toe, 26 Dec -

Illness | 1 |
John McGinn | COVID-19, 26 Dec -

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

Not Selected | 8 |
GK Viljami Sinisalo
GK Filip Marschall
CB Sil Swinkels
M Hayden Lindley
M Aaron Ramsey
W Jaden Philogene-Bidace
CF Cameron Archer
CF Caleb Chukwuemeka

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 42%
Possession A | 58%
Shots F | 8
Shots A | 10
Shots on Target F | 1
Shots on Target A | 4
Corners F | 2
Corners A | 5
Fouls F | 8
Fouls A | 11

MATCH PROGRAMME

LEAGUE TABLE

STARTING LINE UP

GK Emiliano Martínez
LB Matt Targett
CB Ezri Konsa
CB Tyrone Mings
RB Matty Cash
M Douglas Luiz
M Morgan Sanson
M Jacob Ramsey
W Emiliano Buendía
CF Ollie Watkins
F Danny Ings

SUBSTITUTES

W Bertrand Traoré for F Danny Ings | 73’ |
M Carney Chukwuemeka for W Emiliano Buendía | 74’ |
W Anwar El Ghazi for M Morgan Sanson | 76’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Jed Steer
CB Kortney Hause
CB Axel Tuanzebe
M Tim Iroegbunam
M Carney Chukwuemeka
W Trézéguet
W Bertrand Traoré
W Anwar El Ghazi
CF Keinan Davis

THE OPPOSITION

GK Edouard Mendy, LB Marcos Alonso, CB Trevoh Chalobah (CF Romelu Lukaku (g)), CB Thiago Silva (CB Andreas Christensen), CB Antonio Rüdiger, RB Reece James, M N’Golo Kanté (M Mateo Kovacic), M Jorginho (g) (g), M Mason Mount, W Callum Hudson-Odoi, W Christian Pulisic.

Manager: Thomas Tuchel
Team Cost: £338.22m
Squad Cost: £469.26m

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

Matt Targett celebrates Villa going ahead against Chelsea, Sunday, 26 December 2021

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MATCH TIMELINE

28’ Goal, 1-0, Own Goal, Reece James
33’ Booking, Emiliano Martínez
34’ Goal, 1-1, (Chelsea, pen), Jorginho
HT Aston Villa 1-1 Chelsea
56’ Goal, 1-2, (Chelsea), Romelu Lukaku
65’ Booking, Tyrone Mings, Bad foul
73’ Sub off, Danny Ings, Sub on, Bertrand Traoré
74’ Sub off, Emiliano Buendía, Sub on, Carney Chukwuemeka
76’ Sub off, Morgan Sanson, Sub on, Anwar El Ghazi
90’+2 Booking, Ezri Konsa
90’+3 Goal, 1-3, (Chelsea, pen), Jorginho
FT Aston Villa 1-3 Chelsea

ON THIS DAY

Douglas Luiz, 23, made his 90th appearance for Villa since joining the club in July 2019.

QUOTES

“Looking at the result, I think it flatters Chelsea a bit. They have some very good players. Romelu Lukaku made a difference. I felt that we played some good football and we kept the ball away from our goal, but then they made the changes, and they came out on top.

“In the phases of play I thought we were better in possession at times but the wrong decision was made with the final pass at times. We started the second half very slowly and we sunk a bit, and hence lost that goal to Lukaku’s header. We tried to play with an intensity and make passes.

“We know it is very important to get possession of the football against a quality side like Chelsea. We have played City, Liverpool and Chelsea in the last few weeks and had the chance to have a look at the elite teams and it’s encouraging that we have competed very well. A bit of identity is starting to appear.”

Villa assistant manager Gary McAllister.

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"Jorginho scored two penalties as Chelsea fought back from a goal down to beat Aston Villa."

MATCH REPORT

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Jorginho scored two penalties as Chelsea fought back from a goal down to beat Aston Villa.

Villa had taken a fortunate lead in the 28th minute when Matt Targett’s whipped cross from the left was met by Chelsea defender Reece James and his glancing header diverted the ball past Edouard Mendy and into the net for an own goal.

But Chelsea were level six minutes later with Jorginho converting a penalty after Callum Hudson-Odoi had been brought down by Matty Cash’s clumsy challenge in the 18-yard box.

Substitute Romelu Lukaku, who had missed three matches because of Covid-19, came on at the start of the second half and scored within 11 minutes, heading in from Hudson-Odoi’s cross.

Lukaku helped create Chelsea’s third as he won an injury-time penalty, which Jorginho converted for his second goal of the game.

Returning Lukaku makes the difference

Chelsea were top of the league after their 2-1 win against Watford on 1 December, before a run of only five points from four games saw them fall behind City in the title race, but this was a hard-earned and much needed victory.

Villa were without manager Steven Gerrard after he tested positive for Covid-19, with assistant Gary McAllister issuing the instructions from the touchline.

Chelsea have also been affected by Covid-19 and boss Thomas Tuchel had unsuccessfully asked to have their goalless draw at Wolves on 19 December postponed.

They were still without Kai Havertz and Timo Werner, although Lukaku was back in the squad with Hudson-Odoi returning to the starting line-up.

Mason Mount nearly gave them a fortunate lead when a mis-hit cross hit the top of the bar, before Villa gained a slice of luck themselves.

James diverted Targett’s cross into his own net, although Blues goalkeeper Mendy should have done better as he got his fingers to it, but could not keep the ball out.

Chelsea were soon level with Jorginho’s first penalty.

Tuchel made a change at half-time with Lukaku coming on for defender Trevoh Chalobah, although the German was then forced into another substitution six minutes later when Thiago Silva went off injured with Andreas Christensen replacing him.

After Lukaku’s goal, Mount should have stretched Chelsea’s lead further. He had taken the ball past goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez and with only defender Tyrone Mings guarding the net, the England midfielder fired wide.

Hudson-Odoi also had a late effort saved by Martinez, but those misses did not prove costly as Chelsea scored their third late on.

It came from a storming run from Lukaku, with the forward brought down by Ezri Konsa and Jorginho kept his cool to score his ninth goal of the season and his sixth in six games.

Villa are 11th in the Premier League and McAllister said: “I’ve been speaking to Steven [Gerrard] ever since he was diagnosed, he’s obviously very frustrated.

“We’re in this world of Zoom and there are ways of communicating. We were in constant contact with each other during the game.

“He is due to be back on Friday and we have four or five days to work and try to correct the things which didn’t go so well.”

Jorginho scored two penalties as Chelsea fought back from a goal down to beat Aston Villa.

Villa had taken a fortunate lead in the 28th minute when Matt Targett’s whipped cross from the left was met by Chelsea defender Reece James and his glancing header diverted the ball past Edouard Mendy and into the net for an own goal.

But Chelsea were level six minutes later with Jorginho converting a penalty after Callum Hudson-Odoi had been brought down by Matty Cash’s clumsy challenge in the 18-yard box.

Substitute Romelu Lukaku, who had missed three matches because of Covid-19, came on at the start of the second half and scored within 11 minutes, heading in from Hudson-Odoi’s cross.

Lukaku helped create Chelsea’s third as he won an injury-time penalty, which Jorginho converted for his second goal of the game.

Returning Lukaku makes the difference

Chelsea were top of the league after their 2-1 win against Watford on 1 December, before a run of only five points from four games saw them fall behind City in the title race, but this was a hard-earned and much needed victory.

Villa were without manager Steven Gerrard after he tested positive for Covid-19, with assistant Gary McAllister issuing the instructions from the touchline.

Chelsea have also been affected by Covid-19 and boss Thomas Tuchel had unsuccessfully asked to have their goalless draw at Wolves on 19 December postponed.

They were still without Kai Havertz and Timo Werner, although Lukaku was back in the squad with Hudson-Odoi returning to the starting line-up.

Mason Mount nearly gave them a fortunate lead when a mis-hit cross hit the top of the bar, before Villa gained a slice of luck themselves.

James diverted Targett’s cross into his own net, although Blues goalkeeper Mendy should have done better as he got his fingers to it, but could not keep the ball out.

Chelsea were soon level with Jorginho’s first penalty.

Tuchel made a change at half-time with Lukaku coming on for defender Trevoh Chalobah, although the German was then forced into another substitution six minutes later when Thiago Silva went off injured with Andreas Christensen replacing him.

After Lukaku’s goal, Mount should have stretched Chelsea’s lead further. He had taken the ball past goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez and with only defender Tyrone Mings guarding the net, the England midfielder fired wide.

Hudson-Odoi also had a late effort saved by Martinez, but those misses did not prove costly as Chelsea scored their third late on.

It came from a storming run from Lukaku, with the forward brought down by Ezri Konsa and Jorginho kept his cool to score his ninth goal of the season and his sixth in six games.

Villa are 11th in the Premier League and McAllister said: “I’ve been speaking to Steven [Gerrard] ever since he was diagnosed, he’s obviously very frustrated.

“We’re in this world of Zoom and there are ways of communicating. We were in constant contact with each other during the game.

“He is due to be back on Friday and we have four or five days to work and try to correct the things which didn’t go so well.”