A game changing half time substitution by Tuchel bringing on Lukaku , a masterstroke. The Belgian missing the last 2 games for Chelsea and how they missed him. The blues were struggling for goals without him, firing blanks against Wolves and getting one goal in a draw with Everton. Mings up to that point was handling Pulisic well. Lukaku brings that experience and power which the Villa center backs couldn’t handle. He stole the yard off the England man to glance the header past Martinez. Konsa had to make the challenge on him when he was thorough in goal in injury time, the Villains commiting too many guys forward in search for the equalizer.
Steven Gerrard was missing on the bench for Villa. Covid has decimated the squads in recent weeks and Villa were not spared. The long term injury absence of Nakamba was felt especially in half 2 as the Chelsea midfield of Kovacic and Jorginho began to boss the area and win a lot of balls. Stevie G’s ex Liverpool teammate McAllister took over the coaching and it wasn’t a happy time. Villa not managing a single shot on target. The goal from Taggart was deflected by Reece James. Mendy again suspect dealing with shots from the left(Masuaku vs West Ham another case in point). Villa lacking that cutting edge didn’t deserve to win. Chelsea stopping a potential slide down the table remain third with Arsenal breathing heavily down their necks after an impressive run. So are Tottenham and potentially Manchester United.