Match: Chelsea vs Aston Villa
Competition: Premier League
Date: Wednesday 4th December 2019
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Chelsea: Abraham (24’), Mount (49’)
Villa: Trezeguet (41’)
Heaton, Elmohamady, Konsa, Mings, Targett, Nakamba, Hourihane (Douglas Luiz 58’), McGinn, Trezeguet (Jota 76’), Wesley, Grealish (C)
Unused subs: Nyland (GK), Taylor, Lansbury, Engels, Kodjia
Story in Brief
Aston Villa's unbeaten run came to an end on Wednesday night, with a 2-1 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Goals from former Villa striker Tammy Abraham, and Mason Mount, gave Frank Lampard's side all three points.
Trezeguet equalised shortly before half-time after Abraham's opener, but the result wasn't to be.
Chelsea started the brighter and forced Tom Heaton into a couple of early saves.
Willian stung the palms of the English ‘keeper from the right-hand side of the area, before Mount planted a header on target that was comfortably held.
Heaton could do nothing to prevent the hosts taking the lead after 24 minutes, however.
Reece James prodded a cross over the top of the Villa defence, which former Villan Abraham glanced home from close range before celebrating respectfully in front of the travelling supporters.
Dean Smith’s side grew into the game from there and equalised just before the break.
Ahmed Elmohamady, recalled to the starting XI, produced an excellent cross from the right, finding Trezeguet who bundled the ball across the line to level the scores.
It wasn’t long after the break, however, that Chelsea regained their lead.
Abraham was involved again, this time chesting down a cross from Willian, leaving Mount to volley the ball into the top corner.
Heaton pulled off fine stops from Willian (twice) and Christian Pulisic, respectively, to keep Villa in the game.
But those spectacular saves would be in vain, as Villa couldn’t find that elusive piece of magic on an ultimately frustrating evening at Stamford Bridge.
Tammy Abraham left his mark on the Villa faithful last season, scoring 26 goals and playing a huge part in promotion.
But the travelling fans watched him score against them on Wednesday night.
The England striker, who's been in fine form all season long, glanced home a cross in the 24th minute to send Chelsea on their way to victory.
He refused to partake in any exuberant celebrations, especially in front of the Villa supporters, and received a fantastic reception from all four corners of the ground when he was subbed off in the second half.
History Made at the Bridge
It wasn't a result to remember for Dean Smith's side, but they will take an historic moment away with them.
Villa's only goal of the night, scored by Trezeguet and assisted by Ahmed Elmohamady, is the first goal in Premier League history to be created and finished by an Egyptian player.
Both players missed out on a starting berth against Manchester United on Sunday, but were recalled due to the absences of Frederic Guilbert (suspension) and Anwar El Ghazi (leg), respectively.
What Smith Said...
On the outcome of the game:
“The best team won on the night. I’m disappointed with the manner of the goals and we gave the ball away too cheaply. It was a patchy game for us.”
On Villa's inconsistency:
“When we played with belief, we put them under pressure but when you step off, top teams can put you under pressure.”
On the positives:
Smith praised the performance of Marvelous Nakamba in midfield, and also highlighted Tom Heaton's performance in goal.
On Jack Grealish continuing to be the most fouled player in the league:
Asked whether he is worried that Grealish could pick up a serious injury as a result of being the most-fouled player in the Premier League, Smith said that it is possible, if he is not protected sufficiently by the officials.
Aston Villa resume their Premier League campaign when they take on Leicester City at Villa Park on Sunday. Kick-off is at 2pm.