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Chelsea 3-0 Aston Villa: 5 talking points as ruthless Blues continue their unbeaten start to the season | Premier League 2021-22

Chelsea registered a comprehensive 3-0 win over Aston Villa in their Premier League clash on Saturday
Chelsea registered a comprehensive 3-0 win over Aston Villa in their Premier League clash on Saturday

Goals in each half from Romelu Lukaku powered Chelsea to an emphatic 3-0 win over Aston Villa in their Premier League clash on Saturday. Lukaku’s goals came on either side of a Mateo Kovacic goal as Thomas Tuchel’s men comfortably secured all three points.

Although Lukaku gave Chelsea the lead as early as the 15th minute, the first half was dominated largely by the visitors. Villa maintained constant pressure despite conceding early on and should consider themselves unlucky not to be on level terms at half-time.

However, the visitors’ hopes of a second-half comeback took a hit when Kovacic bagged Chelsea’s second in the 49th minute. To their credit, Villa did not throw in the towel until the end but were unable to breach Chelsea’s miserly defense. Ultimately, it was Chelsea who found the net again, Lukaku rounding off the win with his second goal well into stoppage time.

On that note, here are five major talking points from an exciting game at Stamford Bridge.


#1 Aston Villa missed their key Argentinian players

Martinez was a notable absence from the Villa lineup in this game
Martinez was a notable absence from the Villa lineup in this game

Aston Villa’s pre-match preparation took a hit when Emiliano Martinez and Emiliano Buendia were forced to sit the game out. Despite most South American players being cleared to feature for their Premier League sides this weekend, the Argentinian duo were not as lucky.

Having been part of Argentina’s squad for their ill-fated clash against Brazil last week, Buendia and Martinez were rendered unavailable for this fixture. In fact, the pair flew to Croatia instead of coming to England in order to continue training while on the sidelines.

#2 Chelsea showcased their impressive squad depth

Atletico Madrid loanee Saul made his Premier League bow for Chelsea
Atletico Madrid loanee Saul made his Premier League bow for Chelsea

While Villa made five changes to their starting lineup, Chelsea replied with six of their own. However, not all of Chelsea’s changes were forced. In fact, this game was an opportunity for the Blues to showcase their frightening squad depth.

Saul, the deadline-day loan signing from Atletico Madrid, came straight into the starting eleven alongside Callum Hudson-Odoi and Hakim Ziyech, among others. There was also a recall for Trevoh Chalobah, with the likes of Timo Werner, Mason Mount, and Jorginho all on the bench.

Given the resources at their disposal, Chelsea can justifiably be expected to challenge at the very highest level this season.

#3 Romelu Lukaku made his mark at Stamford Bridge

Lukaku's goals were his first-ever at Stamford Bridge
Lukaku's goals were his first-ever at Stamford Bridge

It appears Romelu Lukaku got the memo about Premier League players scoring on their return to their home grounds. After Cristiano Ronaldo’s brace at Old Trafford earlier, Lukaku promptly matched him by registering his first-ever goal at Stamford Bridge.

Having made his first appearance at Stamford Bridge over a decade ago, Lukaku finally got on the scoresheet in his 15th appearance. The boyhood Chelsea fan, who was overcome with emotion after scoring, is sure to repeat the feat many more times in the future.

Interestingly enough, Kovacic’s effort was his first goal at home for Chelsea as well.

#4 Villa experimented with a new formation in the post-Grealish era

Dean Smith (R) seems to be favouring a 3-5-2 formation for Villa this season
Dean Smith (R) seems to be favouring a 3-5-2 formation for Villa this season

Aston Villa are approaching life without their talismanic playmaker Jack Grealish with a new-look formation this season. Loan signing Axel Tuanzebe has slotted into their three-at-the-back system, with Ollie Watkins and Danny Ings leading a two-pronged attack.

Despite the final result, Villa gave an excellent account of themselves and were unlucky not to have something to show for their efforts. Dean Smith’s men more than held their own against formidable opponents and gave the Villa fans much cause to be excited for the future.

#5 Chelsea defence continues to set the standard

Mendy was in excellent form in goal for Chelsea
Mendy was in excellent form in goal for Chelsea

The successes enjoyed by Chelsea under Thomas Tuchel have been built on the rock-solid formation provided by their superb back line. The likes of Edouard Mendy, Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger, Cesar Azpilicueta, and Andreas Christensen have made Chelsea very hard to score against.

The Blues’ defensive prowess was on full display against a spirited Aston Villa side who tested them from the first whistle to the last. While Mendy pulled off a string of excellent saves, Silva and Rudiger matched him with a number of important tackles and interceptions.

Chelsea remain the only team in the league not to have conceded in open play, thus setting the bar extremely high for their competitors.

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Edited by Aditya Singh
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