Aston Villa 1-3 Chelsea: Jorginho and Romelu Lukaku goals give Thomas Tuchel’s side three points

Aston Villa 1-3 Chelsea: Jorginho and Romelu Lukaku goals give Thomas Tuchel’s side three points

Since Thomas Tuchel’s first game in charge of Chelsea in January, the Blues have scored more penalties in the Premier League than any other side (12), with Jorginho netting 10 of these himselfJorginho scored two penalties as Chelsea fought back from a goal down to beat Aston Villa and move level on points with second-placed Liverpool.

Villa had taken a fortunate lead in the 28th minute when Matt Targett’s whipped cross from the left was met by Chelsea defender Reece James and his glancing header diverted the ball past Edouard Mendy and into the net for an own goal.

But Chelsea were level six minutes later with Jorginho converting a penalty after Callum Hudson-Odoi had been brought down by Matty Cash’s clumsy challenge in the 18-yard box.

Substitute Romelu Lukaku, who had missed three matches because of Covid-19, came on at the start of the second half and scored within 11 minutes, heading in from Hudson-Odoi’s cross.

Lukaku helped create Chelsea’s third as he won an injury-time penalty, which Jorginho converted for his second goal of the game.

The victory gives Chelsea their first win in three Premier League matches to leave them third, behind Liverpool on goal difference and six points adrift of leaders Manchester City.

“I think we are the hunters now,” Lukaku told Sky Sports. “The last results for us were not the best. And now we have to chase.

“I think I needed a performance like this today. It’s tough when you’re not there and every player always wants to be involved but the manager has his reasons.”

Tuchel criticises ‘not fair’ scheduleReturning Lukaku makes the differenceChelsea were top of the league after their 2-1 win against Watford on 1 December, before a run of only five points from four games saw them fall behind City in the title race, but this was a hard-earned and much needed victory.

Villa were without manager Steven Gerrard after he tested positive for Covid-19, with assistant Gary McAllister issuing the instructions from the touchline.

Five substitutes a must says Villa’s McAllisterChelsea have also been affected by Covid-19 and boss Thomas Tuchel had unsuccessfully asked to have their goalless draw at Wolves on 19 December postponed.

They were still without Kai Havertz and Timo Werner, although Lukaku was back in the squad with Hudson-Odoi returning to the starting line-up.

Mason Mount nearly gave them a fortunate lead when a mis-hit cross hit the top of the bar, before Villa gained a slice of luck themselves.

James diverted Targett’s cross into his own net, although Blues goalkeeper Mendy should have done better as he got his fingers to it, but could not keep the ball out.

Chelsea were soon level with Jorginho’s first penalty.

Tuchel made a change at half-time with Lukaku coming on for defender Trevoh Chalobah, although the German was then forced into another substitution six minutes later when Thiago Silva went off injured with Andreas Christensen replacing him.

Aston Villa 1-3 Chelsea: Injury and Covid-hit Blues ‘filling holes’, says TuchelAfter Lukaku’s goal, Mount should have stretched Chelsea’s lead further. He had taken the ball past goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez and with only defender Tyrone Mings guarding the net, the England midfielder fired wide.

Hudson-Odoi also had a late effort saved by Martinez, but those misses did not prove costly as Chelsea scored their third late on.

It came from a storming run from Lukaku, with the forward brought down by Ezri Konsa and Jorginho kept his cool to score his ninth goal of the season and his sixth in six games.

Villa are 11th in the Premier League and McAllister said: “I’ve been speaking to Steven [Gerrard] ever since he was diagnosed, he’s obviously very frustrated.

“We’re in this world of Zoom and there are ways of communicating. We were in constant contact with each other during the game.

“He is due to be back on Friday and we have four or five days to work and try to correct the things which didn’t go so well.”

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Aston VillaSquad number1Player nameMartínez

Squad number11Player nameWatkins

Squad number41Player nameJ Ramsey

Squad number4Player nameKonsa

Squad number2Player nameCash

Squad number6Player nameDouglas Luiz

Squad number3Player nameTargett

Squad number8Player nameSanson

Squad number10Player nameBuendía

Squad number15Player nameTraoré

Squad number5Player nameMings

Squad number33Player nameChukwuemeka

Squad number20Player nameIngs

Squad number21Player nameEl Ghazi

ChelseaSquad number9Player nameLukaku

Squad number5Player nameJorginho

Squad number7Player nameKanté

Squad number8Player nameKovacic

Squad number6Player nameThiago Silva

Squad number19Player nameMount

Squad number4Player nameChristensen

Squad number2Player nameRüdiger

Squad number16Player nameMendy

Squad number20Player nameHudson-Odoi

Squad number14Player nameChalobah

Squad number10Player namePulisic

Squad number3Player nameAlonso

Squad number24Player nameJames

Line-upsAston VillaFormation 4-3-1-2

1Martínez

2Cash4Konsa5Mings3Targett

8Sanson6Douglas Luiz10Buendía

41J Ramsey

20Ings11Watkins

1MartínezBooked at 33mins2Cash4KonsaBooked at 90mins5MingsBooked at 65mins3Targett8SansonSubstituted forEl Ghaziat 76’minutes6Douglas Luiz10BuendíaSubstituted forChukwuemekaat 74’minutes41J Ramsey20IngsSubstituted forTraoréat 73’minutes11WatkinsSubstitutes12Steer15Traoré16Tuanzebe17Trézéguet21El Ghazi30Hause33Chukwuemeka39Davis47IroegbunamChelseaFormation 3-4-2-1

16Mendy

14Chalobah6Thiago Silva2Rüdiger

24James7Kanté5Jorginho3Alonso

19Mount20Hudson-Odoi

10Pulisic

16Mendy14ChalobahSubstituted forLukakuat 45’minutes6Thiago SilvaSubstituted forChristensenat 52’minutes2Rüdiger24James7KantéSubstituted forKovacicat 63’minutes5Jorginho3AlonsoBooked at 70mins19Mount20Hudson-Odoi10PulisicSubstitutes1Arrizabalaga4Christensen8Kovacic9Lukaku17Saúl18Barkley22Ziyech28Azpilicueta31SarrReferee:Martin Atkinson

Attendance:41,907

Live TextMatch ends, Aston Villa 1, Chelsea 3.

Second Half ends, Aston Villa 1, Chelsea 3.

Goal! Aston Villa 1, Chelsea 3. Jorginho (Chelsea) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Ezri Konsa (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Penalty Chelsea. Romelu Lukaku draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Ezri Konsa (Aston Villa) after a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt blocked. Carney Chukwuemeka (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mateo Kovacic.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Ezri Konsa.

Attempt blocked. Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mason Mount.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Ezri Konsa.

Christian Pulisic (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jacob Ramsey (Aston Villa).

Attempt saved. Anwar El Ghazi (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Matt Targett.

Offside, Aston Villa. Douglas Luiz tries a through ball, but Ezri Konsa is caught offside.

Substitution, Aston Villa. Anwar El Ghazi replaces Morgan Sanson.

Foul by Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea).

Matthew Cash (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Morgan Sanson (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea).

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