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Christmas Eve media watch [24.12.12]: Chelsea reaction
A selection of today's newspaper stories.
24th Dec 2012
Christmas Eve media watch [24.12.12]: Chelsea reaction


Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert has told his brittle players to rescue Aston Villa's Christmas by bouncing back from the heaviest stuffing in the club's Premier League history. Villa were on the receiving end of an 8-0 drubbing as Chelsea scored a sackful of goals during an embarrassing Sunday afternoon at Stamford Bridge.

Birmingham Mail: A six-match unbeaten run in league and cup, culminating in those heady victories at Norwich and Liverpool, came to a painful conclusion in west London. The challenge now for Paul Lambert's brittle claret and blues is to summon up the same spirit they showed following their Manchester City stuffing, with no time to sulk before Tottenham come to Villa Park on Wednesday.

Express and Star: Villa need to consign, and if possible, airbrush this painful defeat from their minds as soon as possible and not allow it to sap the belief and confidence built over the past month. After eight days of basking in back-to-back victories over Norwich in the Capital One Cup quarter-final and Liverpool in the Premier League this was an almighty comedown in the capital.

Daily Express: After Chelsea's first goal, Paul Lambert bounced on the balls of his feet at the front edge of his technical area and bellowed instructions. After the second, he turned away, briefly, in disappointment, but strode back to shout more exhortations. After the third, though, he sat down and stayed in his seat until half-time. It takes a lot to crush the fight out of the combative Aston Villa manager but Chelsea achieved it yesterday.

Daily Star: The Blues were facing a Villa team in the middle of a purple patch. Only a few weeks ago it was hard to see the Midlands men surviving this season. But they are also in the Capital One Cup semi-finals - and their season exploded into life under Paul Lambert with a 3-1 win at Liverpool last weekend. It was a miserable start for the visitors, though. Chelsea were ahead in the third minute and it was that man Torres again.

The Sun: It was surprising in that Villa arrived on a run of six games without defeat. They had notched up a superb 3-1 win at Liverpool in their last game. Villa were being pulled here, there and everywhere and showed no sign of getting back into it, while striker Christian Benteke must have been offside at least six times. Guzan was a busy boy and made a stunning save to deny Juan Mata. He also denied Victor Moses with his outstretched leg as the wave kept on coming after the break. But the USA international could not keep performing miracles and Lampard's belter beat him.

Mirror: Paul Lambert is willing to risk the wrath of old club Norwich again with a move for Steve Morison.

Daily Mail: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert and his former club Norwich have agreed a settlement over the dispute regarding his departure from Carrow Road.

ESPN: Paul Lambert and Norwich City have agreed a settlement in their dispute over his summer departure from Carrow Road.

*The extracts on this page are taken from various newspapers and media outlets. They do not necessarily reflect the views of Aston Villa.

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