Aston Villa 1-2 Chelsea, Premier League

It was like a starting Berth for the home and the away team ,after coming back from a hiatus due to the Corona virus outbreak that led to the organising body of the premier league taking a break as part of the measure to prevent the wild spread of the Corona virus.

However,   the last 100 days made us forget about Chelsea football, the team did a fantastic job reminding us of the major issues and lapse they have been struggling with  throughout the season: inefficiency in front of goal, too slow and too predictable too often in passing, lapses of concentration in defense and set pieces. All the possession, none of the goals.

Villa can count themselves lucky too not to have lost by more in this game. They were fortunate to open the scoring but were rarely in the game as Chelsea dominated from start to finish.

It is a big three points for Chelsea as they look to create distance between them and those chasing them in fourth. They looked very comfortable and in no way rusty, which is a good sign with a run-in to come.

Chelsea were dominant in the first half boasting  76% of possession in the opening half and missed a couple of chances, with Villa keeper Oerjan Nyland twice denying Mason Mount while Mateo Kovacic volleyed inches wide from the edge of the penalty area.

Villa grabbed an opportunistic goal against the run of play just a couple minutes before half-time. Kovačić nearly equalized just before the break, but his sweet volley missed by inches.

The second half began much the same way as the first half ended, but then Lampard made some changes and the game changed for the better as well. Pulisic and Barkley made almost immediate impact, as Chelsea scored two goals in two minutes just past the hour mark to take the lead.

It was Christian Pulisic and Olivier Giroud who scored in quick succession to earn Chelsea a well-deserved victory

Chelsea’s defensive lapses almost gifted Villa a late equalizer, but the blues survived in the end.

Two assists for Azpilicueta! A goal each for Pulisic and Giroud.

Chelsea has now open up a five-point advantage over fifth-place Manchester United. Only three behind Leicester City in third now.

Next up is  Manchester City at the Bridge on Thursday, before the FA Cup quarterfinal on Sunday. Busy!

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