Chelsea put eight past Villa
Chelsea moved back to third in the Premier League after
comprehensively outplaying Aston Villa to win 8-0 on Sunday.
Fernando Torres headed the home side in front in the third
minute and goals from David Luiz and Branislav Ivanovic effectively
decided the contest before the break.
Frank Lampard then marked his 500th Premier League start with a
trademark long-range effort that took him ahead of Bobby Tambling’s
record of 129 top-flight goals for Chelsea, before Oscar, Eden
Hazard and a Ramires double completed the rout.
Although this was the ninth game of Rafael Benitez’s Chelsea
reign, these were the first Premier League goals scored under him
at Stamford Bridge and this performance will surely encourage fans
that his teams can entertain.
Benitez certainly seems to bring the best out of Torres. The
Spanish forward was quick off the mark to steal a yard on Ciaran
Clark and connected beautifully with Cesar Azpilicueta’s right-wing
cross to beat Brad Guzan and score his seventh goal in six
Luiz, playing in midfield, then doubled the lead just before the
half-hour mark with a fizzing free-kick that beat the wall and was
far too fast for Guzan.
Villa’s young side were struggling to deal with the movement and
flair of Chelsea’s forwards and the goalkeeper was left exposed
again five minutes later.
Guzan saved well from Gary Cahill initially but Ivanovic was
there to head in the rebound with the visitors’ defence
The American goalkeeper had a busy afternoon and made a series
of fine saves, denying Juan Mata and Victor Moses early in the
But there was nothing he could do to stop Lampard’s superb
strike from distance that capped a landmark game for the
34-year-old who later departed to a standing ovation.
The three Chelsea substitutes then took over. Premier League
debutant Lucas Piazon found Ramires to blast in the fifth before
Oscar scored from the spot after being pulled down by Chris
Hazard then scored a brilliant solo effort cutting in from the
left channel and Chelsea had the chance to make it eight when
referee Phil Dowd awarded a second penalty but Piazon saw his shot
But the Blues were not to be denied and Ramires sidefooted home
just before the end to complete Villa’s heaviest ever Premier
League defeat and crown a memorable day for Chelsea, Benitez and
their talismanic midfielder Lampard.