Chelsea player ratings vs Aston Villa: Romelu Lukaku’s huge impact, Hudson-Odoi shines

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Edouard Mendy

Couldn’t do much with the Villa opener as James’ deflected header looped over the Senegal stopper. Made some important decisions to come out from goal to clear, his reading of situations was impressive throughout. 7

Reece James

Inadvertently diverted Matt Targett’s cross into his own net, looping a header over Mendy. Had his poorest 45 minutes for some time in the opening half. Looked to be really struggling with 20 minutes to go but the Blues had made all their subs. 6

Trevoh Chalobah

One excellent block on Ollie Watkins midway through the first half as Villa targeted his side of the pitch but he coped well. Taken off at half time for Lukaku in what appeared to be a tactical switch from Tuchel, that paid off. 7

Thiago Silva

Restored to the side having sat out the Carabao Cup victory at Brentford and looked all the better for it as well as he stood head and shoulders above everyone else. Somewhat concerning then that he was forced off just seven minutes into the second half. 8

Antonio Rudiger

Back in the eleven alongside his usual partner after a night off in midweek. Dealt well with Danny Ings throughout and had a relatively comfortable evening of it. 7

Marcos Alonso

Offered plenty of attacking threat in the first half but needs to start getting height on his crosses as too many are blocked too easily. A little bit lazy defensively and was booked but better here than he has been in recent weeks. 7

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Jorginho

Barely had any time on the ball in the opening exchanges as Chelsea struggled to gain much of a foothold in the game. Expertly rolled home his penalty, as you’d expect, to make it 1-1. Didn’t have to work too hard after the break as Chelsea searched more for Lukaku. Still helped himself to a second penalty to seal it. 8

N’Golo Kante

Buzzed around and won the ball back high up the pitch as he usually does and kept Chelsea going forward when they did have the ball, too many moves broke down in front of him though. Taken off just past the hour mark, sat down on the bench so seems Tuchel was protecting him. 7

Mason Mount

Very quiet in the first period as he didn’t see too much of the ball, though he did hit the bar with an overhit cross that almost snuck in. Better after half time, missed a golden chance to make it 3-1 dragging wide with the goal gaping. A game of two halves for the England man. 7

Callum Hudson-Odoi

Recalled to the starting eleven after his Covid-enforced lay-off. Couldn’t get into the game in the early going but won the penalty after getting the wrong side of Matty Cash for the first time on the half hour mark. Lukaku turned home his cross for 2-1 as well. Earned the wrath of Tuchel more than once but popped up with vital contributions. 8

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Christian Pulisic

Back in the false nine role which is not his strongest suit, by some distance and had a negligible impact in the first half. Moved to wing-back for the second half with the introduction of Lukaku. Didn’t have much defending to do but essentially being a utility man for Chelsea right now won’t do his confidence any good. 6

Substitutes

Romelu Lukaku (for Chalobah, 46’)

A welcome return to the team and made such a big difference. Powered home a classic number nine goal 12 minutes into the second half to put Chelsea 2-1 up. Tyrone Mings didn’t enjoy the second half at all. Brutal run to win a penalty in injury time. Outstanding. 9

Andreas Christensen (for Thiago Silva, 52’)

Could have had an assist had Mount not dragged wide with an open goal at his mercy. Did what he needed to do. 6

Mateo Kovacic (for Kante, 62’)

Had a couple of bursts forward from midfield but the Blues lost a bit of momentum when he replaced Kante until the final seven minutes or so when Kovacic won plenty of tackles to keep Villa at bay. 6

Source by Football London

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