Premier League: Chelsea 0-1 Aston Villa

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Aston Villa secured a victory at Stamford Bridge, compounding Chelsea’s ongoing struggles under manager Mauricio Pochettino. For the second consecutive visit to Chelsea, Villa’s fans witnessed an opposing manager being sacked the following day. Last season, Graham Potter met a similar fate after losing to Chelsea.

Chelsea’s managerial change and squad overhaul have yet to yield improved results, with just two league wins since Potter’s departure. The frustration for Chelsea and Pochettino extended beyond the result. The team ended the match with 10 men as right back Malo Gusto was sent off for a challenge on Lucas Digne, despite winning the ball.

Gusto’s suspension adds to Chelsea’s concerns, along with a one-game suspension for striker Nicolas Jackson, who picked up his fifth unnecessary caution of the season. Both players occupy positions where Chelsea lacks depth.

Ollie Watkins scored the winning goal for Villa, capitalizing on Chelsea being reduced to 10 men. Villa displayed ambition throughout the match, with standout performances from players like Emiliano Martinez, Ezri Konsa, Douglas Luiz, and Boubacar Kamara, contributing to their first away league clean sheet of the season.

Mousa Diaby, Nicolo Zaniolo, and Watkins were instrumental in Villa’s victory. Chelsea, on the other hand, endured their third consecutive match without scoring, extending their scoreless streak in the Premier League in 2023 to 13 games, the longest of any team.

The frustrations at Stamford Bridge were palpable as Chelsea’s home form continues to be a concern. Despite goalkeeper Martinez’s heroics, Chelsea’s offense struggled, and they were ultimately booed off the pitch at full time. Villa’s superior discipline and clinical finishing secured them the win, leaving Pochettino envious of their performance as Chelsea’s scoring drought persists.

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