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Played
August 21, 2013 2:45 PM EDT
Stamford Bridge — London
Referee:‬ K. Friend‎
Attendance:‬ 41527‎
 
6′ (OG) Luna
C. Benteke 45+3′
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Chelsea 2-1 Aston Villa

Branislav Ivanovic's winning header proved to be the difference between two very closely matched teams as Paul Lambert's side came close to upsetting the odds

  • Petr Cech
    45
    2
    3.50

    Petr Cech

    His first real action did not come until the last kick of the first half, when he had to pick the ball up out of the net after being beaten by Benteke's unstoppable drive. But made two critical stops from Weimann in the second half.

  • Branislav Ivanovic
    41
    12
    3.50

    Branislav Ivanovic

    Lucky to still be on the pitch after elbowing Benteke, but took advantage of his fortune to rise highest to meet Frank Lampard's free kick and head in Chelsea's winner.

  • Ashley Cole
    32
    6
    3.00

    Ashley Cole

    Solid display from the left-back although he did not get forward much in the second half.

  • Gary Cahill
    13
    17
    2.50

    Gary Cahill

    Like Terry, he looked uncomfortable against the all-round talents of Benteke and frequently got caught out of position.

  • John Terry
    28
    14
    2.50

    John Terry

    Was run ragged at times by Benteke but just about kept his head above water. Far from the defensive master and commander of Mourinho's first reign.

  • Ramires
    23
    12
    3.00

    Ramires

    His energy and work-rate was exceptional but struggled to eclipse his well-drilled opponents in midfield.

  • Frank Lampard
    20
    30
    3.00

    Frank Lampard

    Set up Chelsea's winner with a superbly delivered free kick but was not as effective when the ball was in play.

  • Oscar
    19
    22
    3.00

    Oscar

    Selected in his favourite No.10 role, his touch and movement was excellent in the opening quarter of the game but his effectiveness diminished as the game wore on. Put Hazard through on goal for Chelsea's opener.

  • Eden Hazard
    35
    21
    3.00

    Eden Hazard

    The fire went out on his sizzling start but always looked a threat when he was on the ball. Deserves credit for shooting across Guzan with the shot that led to Luna's early own goal.

  • Juan Mata
    19
    23
    2.50

    Juan Mata

    Following a busy summer and a restricted pre-season, the Spanish wizard began brightly but fizzled out. Looked heavier of touch and slower of leg and brain than usual. Subbed after 64 minutes.

  • Demba Ba
    15
    25
    2.00

    Demba Ba Flop of the Match

    Unimpressive display from the striker. Constantly caught offside in the first half as he tried to take advantage of Villa's high defensive line, while his touch was a little heavy. Subbed after 64 minutes.

Substitutions

  • Andre Schürrle
    28
    10
    3.00

    Andre Schürrle

    Some nice touches from the £18m summer signing. Showed he does not lack in confidence with some long-range pot shots.

  • Romelu Lukaku
    43
    24
    3.50

    Romelu Lukaku

    Helped to win the free kick that led to Chelsea's winner with his persistence by the byline and brought great presence to the front line. Showed far more than Ba and deserves a starting chance.

  • Bradley Guzan
    6
    3
    2.50

    Bradley Guzan

    Slightly at fault for Chelsea's opener. Pushed Hazard's cross straight against the head of his colleague Luna rather than out of danger. Otherwise, the keeper was less busy than might have been expected.

  • Ron Vlaar
    4
    2
    3.50

    Ron Vlaar

    Uncompromising display from Villa's defensive leader. Dealt capably with the threat of Ba and read the game well.

  • Ciaran Clark
    3
    6
    2.50

    Ciaran Clark

    Suffered a nasty gash to the head after being accidentally kicked in the face by Ba and was substituted shortly before half-time. Received five stitches at half-time but there is said to be no long-term damage.

  • Luna
    3
    4
    3.00

    Luna

    Could do little about his early own goal, when Guzan pushed Hazard's shot into his face, from where it rebounded into the goal. Had few alarms against the sluggish Mata.

  • Matthew Lowton
    6
    2
    3.50

    Matthew Lowton

    A fine display from the impressive young right-back. Grew into the game well after a difficult start against the lively Hazard and bombed forward well after the break.

  • Karim El Ahmadi
    8
    3
    3.50

    Karim El Ahmadi

    Pressed the Chelsea midfield with greater energy and diligence. Seemed to be initially affected by his 64th minute booking but was relentless in his endeavour.

  • Ashley Westwood
    3
    1
    3.00

    Ashley Westwood

    An impressive shift in central midfield.

  • Fabian Delph
    9
    1
    3.00

    Fabian Delph

    Pushed Ramires and Lampard every step of the way in midfield as he showed once again how much he has improved his all-round game.

  • Gabriel Agbonlahor
    7
    3
    3.50

    Gabriel Agbonlahor

    Started quietly before he burst into life before the break when he left Ivanovic for dead and smartly pulled back to set up the equaliser for Benteke. His first-time shot from Lowton's cross in the second half was inches from making it 2-1 to Villa.

  • C. Benteke
    31
    5
    4.00

    C. Benteke Top of the Match

    Took a long time to get into the game but what an impact when he did. His barnstorming, first-time finish on the cusp of half-time was unstoppable, taking his tally to three in two games this season and 17 league goals in all this calendar year. Created a great chance for Weimann to put Villa ahead and was unplayable at times.

  • Andreas Weimann
    4
    3
    3.00

    Andreas Weimann

    Got into some excellent positions but was unable to deliver. Had a great volleyed opportunity to put Villa 2-1 up.

Substitutions

  • Jores Okore
    10
    1
    3.50

    Jores Okore

    Replaced the injured Clark just before the break and dealt capably with both Ba and Lukaku.

  • Alexandar Tonev
    2
    1

    Alexandar Tonev

    The Bulgarian looked lively in a late cameo role on his debut.

Results
 
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