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

second half.

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.