CHELSEA FC FANS : 5/10/08 : BY Chelsea Blogger SALOMON GONZALES
Chelsea Destroy Villa In Sublime Fashion....
Chelsea's French striker Nicolas Anelka celebrates after scoring the second goal against Aston Villa during their premiership football match at home to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge stadium. Chelsea won 2-0.
(AFP/Carl de Souza)
A devastating performance from Chelsea, absolutely destroyed the highly-rated Aston Villa side. On a weekend where title rivals Arsenal could only manage a draw and Liverpool struggled to overcome Man City, Chelsea simply walked Villa off the park.
Chelsea started the day with five players out injured. Essien, Drogba, Deco, Carvalho and Alex were all unavailable, which meant Ivanovic got his first premiership start alongside Terry in defence.
Chelsea attacked Villa from the word go and had a couple of long range efforts saved by Freidel on 4 and 6 minutes respectively, the former bringing a good save from the American.
The game continued in a similar manner with Villa defending desparately and Chelsea trying to find a way round the diciplined defence.
On 16 minutes, Anelka lobbed a cute pass to the edge of the six yard box and Lampard who looked odds-on to score sent his header just wide.
This was a clear sign of things to come!
Five minutes later, on 21 minutes, that was indeed the case as Chelsea took the lead and it was fully deserved.
Malouda collected Davies's poor clearance and found Lampard, who in turn slipped a superb pass for Joe Cole, who thumped the ball easily past Friedel from 10 yards out.
Only three minutes later, Chelsea hit the bar! Anelka belts a 25-yarder that beats Friedel but not the woodwork.
These were desparate moments for Villa, who so far had offered nothing in attacking terms.
Lampard then hit a ferocious freekick, that Freidel could only parry for a corner. The resulting corner was headed over by Terry.
By now, Chelsea were camped inside the Villa half!
A minute before half time, Chelsea doubled their lead. It had been coming.
Cole pulled it back to Ballack on the penalty spot whose shot was parried by Freidel. He managed to block Anelka's follow up aswell, but the ball fell to Anelka again and he easily tucked it away.
This fixture last season at Stamford Bridge ended 4-4. For a while it looked like there could be eight goals again, and it would have been a surprise if Villa got any of them.
Chelsea were playing some absolutely sublime football and Villa could simply not cope.
Second half continued in much the same way as the first. Chelsea attacking, Villa defending!
Chances went begging for Ballack, Lampard and Kalou respectively, where better finishing could have resulted in more goals.
Even Di Santo got in on the act, getting on the end of a sumptuous move, but he cut inside his man and made space for himself, only to blaze a shot high over the bar.
A few minutes later, Mikel fired into the side-netting after neat inter-change between him and Lampard.
This was an absurdly one-sided game considering Villa fancy themselves as the fourth or fifth best team in the country.
In the end the 2-0 score-line flattered the Villans. They just didnt turn up and Chelsea were in no mood to pass out any favours.
Chelsea hang on to top spot for at least another week, along with Liverpool, who themselves bagged three points when they turned a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 win against Man City.
Man Of The Match: Frank Lampard
Goal Scorers: Joe Cole 21'. Anelka 44'.
Bookings: Petrov, Shorey
Possession: Chelsea 61% - 39% Aston Villa
Stadium: Stamford Bridge- London,England
BBC NEWS /SPORTS DIVISION / 5 October 2008
Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari must have enjoyed seeing his side play with such freedom, despite his seemingly agitated state on the sidelines.
On a day when little went wrong for his side, the biggest worry for Scolari - and concerned spectator England coach Fabio Capello - will have been the sight of Joe Cole limping off in the second half.
Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari:
"In the circumstances it's the best performance this season, with four or five players out.
"We played a fantastic game in the first 45 minutes. We have had some injuries this week and the players played very well. It puts us in first place and we have 15 days to recover.
"It's a big game and the three points are very important. We need to win more games at home."
Joe Cole Celebrates his opening goal
Barclays Premier League Table
05 October 2008 PGDPTS1Chelsea711172Liverpool76173Hull7-1144Arsenal7813
6West Ham71127Portsmouth7-4128Man Utd64119West Brom701010Blackburn7-61011Man City76912Middlesbrough7-2913Wigan73814Sunderland7-2815Everton7-4816Bolton7-2717Fulham6-26