All you need to know about Chelsea vs Aston Villa Match Summary

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An entertaining boxing day cheer at the Villa Park as the Blues come back from behind to get all three points in a lively title contenders race with Romelu Lukaku coming from the bench and 2 penalties scored by Jorginho.

The match was lively boxing day fare with Jorginho’s first penalty kick to get a shared result in the first half after Recce James scored an own goal from a diverted cross, which was unable to save by Mendy.

A foul was awarded in favor of Callum Hudson Odoi before Jorginho leveled the score to 1-1 in halftime, Odoi who appeared in the starting up for the first time in a month, played some vital role contribution by giving a crossing for Lukaku’s goal only 10 minutes the striker was subbed in.

Jorginho penalty celebration

In the first half, Aston Villa was looking capable of causing problems, and while the visitors from London had twice as much possession before the interval, shot on target and corners were shared between the 2 sides. Mason Mount, with a hazardous ball in. Clipped the barline when the game was still goalless.

In the second interval, a big difference became clear between the 2 teams, and we completed a deserved win when Lukaku was brought in and Jorginho scored his sixth penalty in the last sixth game. The winning moved us on the same point with Liverpool(having an outstanding game) with 6 points behind Manchester City.

The addition of Hudson Odoi was one of the two changes made to the 11 players that started the previous Premier League game. Jorginho returned to the midfield role with Trevoh Chalobah able to regress defensive role, allowing the Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta to rest after a five-game start.

The returning Hudson Odoi started upfront with Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic, with Thomas Tuchel explaining before the kick-off that Lukaku could not both start and finish the match so he was named among the substitute.

Mount, having switched wings almost caught Aston Villa goalkeeper out with a ball sprint over to the far post area through the half, but it hit the top of the crossbar and went behind.

When the Chelsea no.9 was inaugurated at half-time, Chalobah was removed due to injury, with James going into the back three and Pulisic switched out to wing-back. That substitution was quickly followed by what looked like an injury-enforced change to the defense, with Andreas Christensen on for Thiago Silva.

The Blues had a tradition of enjoying games played on 26 December until the past two years, having accumulated an unbeaten eight-season sequence on this day of the year until disappointing defeats at home to Southampton in 2019 and away at Arsenal last year. Happily, with this result at Villa Park, we are back to collecting Boxing Day points again.

Next Fixtures.

The fixtures come fast at this time of the year and in three days’ time, it is back to Stamford Bridge for the first time in four matches. Brighton and Hove Albion will be the visitors for a 19:30 pm kick-off {UK time}.

Chelsea {3-4-3}: Mendy, Chalobah {Lukaku HT}. Thiago Silva {Christensen 52}, Rudiger, James, Kante {Kovacic 63}, Jorginho {C}, Alonso, Mount, Pulisic, Hudson-odoi.

Unused subs: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Saul, Barkley, Ziyech.

Scorers: Jorginho pen 34, 90+3, Lukaku 56.

Booked: Alonso 70.

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