Chelsea finally returned to winning ways in the Premier League after beating Aston Villa by 3-1 at the Villa Park on Boxing Day.
The Blues found themselves trailing after Reece James’ own goal midway through the first half. But, Thomas Tuchel’s side came back into the game before the end of the first half as Jorginho equalized from the penalty spot.
The story of the game completely changed following the introduction of Romelu Lukaku in the second half. The Belgian took no time to find the back of the net on his return from positive Covid-19 and also earned the second penalty of the game which was brilliantly converted by Jorginho once again.
Meanwhile, following the result, Chelsea is currently sitting third in the table with 41 points in 19 games. They are six points behind the league leader Manchester City and level on point with second-placed Liverpool whose game on Boxing Day was cancelled due to a covid outbreak in Leeds United squad.
On the other hand, Aston Villa is 11th in the league with 22 points in 18 games. The Villains have improved a lot, following the arrival of Steven Gerrard. They have won four games under the Englishman and only lost to Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City.
Aston Villa 1-3 Chelsea:
Following the arrival of Thomas Tuchel back in January. Chelsea has lost only five games in the Premier League which is the lowest than any other team. And the Blues have accumulated 79 points in this period. Manchester City is the only side who have earned more with 92 points.
Following the game, speaking with the club’s website, Thomas Tuchel revealed what conversation he had with the match-winner Lukaku and said:
“I said to him to be very honest and tell me if he thinks he can play 45 minutes. He said yes and I said, okay, so try to play 45 minutes. There’s no doubt that he’s super important. Every player is super important but Romelu will be a key player, nobody doubts that, but last time he started for us was in October and not because of quality or because we have any doubts that we are better without him starting.”
The upcoming fixtures for both teams:
Aston Villa’s game against Leeds United has been postponed due to a covid outbreak in the Peacocks squad. And therefore, they will play against Brentford in their next encounter on 2nd January. On the other hand, Chelsea will welcome Brighton & Hove Albion in their next game on Wednesday night.