Supporter Edward Chng basks in the many positives after Aston Villa were hammered at Stamford Bridge by Rafa Benitez's men.
It is hard to analyse this game (or any Chelsea game, really) outside the context of Rafa and his effect on Torres. Villa held firm for all of three minutes before Torres decided to strike, thundering an incredible header past Guzan from behind the penalty spot.
It was a simply magnificent finish that would have been unthinkable just a few weeks ago and was my favourite of all the eight goals. It is another sign that perhaps he is slowly coming back to his best. Besides opening the floodgates, Torres harried defenders, got into good positions and even attempted rabonas – basically, it was a consummate number 9 performance.
Super, Super Frank
On a day where records tumbled, it was fitting that Frank Lampard started, captained the team, bossed the midfield and struck a beautiful volley to mark his 500th appearance to become Chelsea’s all-time leading scorer in England’s top division. He plays in midfield, by the way.
It's true that Frank may no longer have it in him to play week in, week out. But a true legend and a brilliant ambassador for the club off the pitch, and always giving 100% when on it - SURELY, he deserves another year? One can only hope Roman’s watching.
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He has induced heart attacks for fans and managers when in defence while being brilliant going forward, but it took Luiz's fourth manager at Chelsea to finally put him in midfield and boy has he delivered. His muscularity combined with boundless energy was key to Chelsea bossing the game, although Villa’s meek midfield made it easy for him.
It remains to be seen if he will have the discipline to play against top-quality midfielders – the likes of Cazorla or Fellaini – but it is the opinion of many, myself included, that in a position where his occasional but predictable lapses are less harshly punished, he could become a world-class central midfielder, better than he will ever be in central defence.
Also, the Drogba-esque freekick was brilliant and is happily becoming increasingly frequent.
18-year-old Lucas Piazon took all of two minutes to set up a goal for Ramires with a brilliant through ball. While it was dreadfully disappointing that he missed a penalty, let’s not forget that he won it in the first place, and he then dusted himself off to set up the last goal. An eventful Premier League debut then, and another exciting addition to our swelling ranks of brilliant attacking midfielders. He may not be completely ready to start for Chelsea, but he definitely looks close.
I have nothing more to say, because I’d EIGHT to rub it in anymore now.