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December 23, 2012 4:00 PM GMT
Stamford Bridge — London
Referee:‬ P. Dowd‎
Attendance:‬ 41363‎
 
 
29′ David Luiz
 
 
 
75′ Ramires
 
79′ (PG) Oscar
 
83′ Eden Hazard
 
90+1′ Ramires
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Chelsea 8-0 Aston Villa

The resurgent Blues go to town on a youthful Villa side, with Fernando Torres, David Luiz, Branislav Ivanovic, Frank Lampard, Ramires, Oscar and Eden Hazard all netting

By Liam Twomey

  • Petr Cech
    359
    22
    3.00

    Petr Cech

    A glorified spectator for the most part, he made one good stop to deflect a fierce low Weimann attempt onto the bar in the second half.

  • Branislav Ivanovic
    383
    17
    3.50

    Branislav Ivanovic

    Handled the aerial threat of Benteke expertly, and showed typically sharp instincts in the opposition area to bag his 11th Chelsea goal before the break.

  • Ashley Cole
    360
    24
    3.50

    Ashley Cole

    Had no real direct opponent to deal with defensively on the left, meaning he was free to bomb forward and join up with his team's attacks whenever he got the chance - which, as it turned out, was quite often.

  • David Luiz
    630
    31
    4.00

    David Luiz Top of the Match

    Passed his first real test in the Chelsea midfield with flying colours, showing skill, tenacity and an impressive range of passing. Capped a fine display with a Didier Drogba-esque free kick on the half-hour mark.

  • Gary Cahill
    324
    46
    3.00

    Gary Cahill

    Often the free man while Ivanovic took on Benteke, and for the most part enjoyed a trouble-free afternoon. Produced one fantastic sliding clearance to deny Benteke a simple tap-in after the break, though.

  • César Azpilicueta
    367
    32
    3.50

    César Azpilicueta

    Combined well with Moses down the right all afternoon, and his precise cross gave Torres the chance to break the deadlock just three minutes in.

  • Frank Lampard
    476
    102
    4.00

    Frank Lampard

    Spread the play excellently from a deeper position, repeatedly succeeding in pulling the Villa defence from left to right and giving Chelsea's creative players more room to cause havoc. Scored a sumptuous half-volley from range after the break.

  • Victor Moses
    364
    88
    3.50

    Victor Moses

    Tormented Lichaj with his pace, strength and skill at every opportunity, and delivered numerous dangerous crosses. The bounce in his play suggests he is enjoying himself at the moment.

  • Eden Hazard
    500
    85
    4.00

    Eden Hazard

    Toyed with Villa's inexperienced defenders throughout, winning several free kicks in the final third and constantly finding his team-mates in space. Netted Chelsea's seventh emphatically late on.

  • Fernando Torres
    688
    50
    4.00

    Fernando Torres

    Led the line superbly after two fairly anonymous performances against Corinthians and Leeds, bursting into life with a bullet header just three minutes in and torturing his youthful opponents. There will be tougher tests than this to pass, however.

  • Juan Mata
    392
    95
    3.50

    Juan Mata

    Not his most influential performance, but still controlled the tempo of his side's play, passing and probing in the final third, and was only denied a place on the scoresheet by a fine Guzan save.

Substitutions

  • Ramires
    428
    17
    3.50

    Ramires

    Replaced Lampard on the hour mark and once again exhibited his blistering pace and composed finishing to get a fifth for his side. Netted a second late on.

  • Oscar
    447
    26
    3.50

    Oscar

    Came on for Torres for the last 20 minutes and finally scored his first Premier League goal from the penalty spot.

  • Lucas Piazon
    493
    75
    3.00

    Lucas Piazon

    Replaced Mata with 15 minutes to go, and almost immediately showed his talent with a surgically precise pass through to Ramires to get Chelsea's fifth. A missed penalty will slightly take the shine off what was a promising Premier League debut.

  • Bradley Guzan
    133
    44
    3.00

    Bradley Guzan

    Made a string of fine stops, but could do nothing to prevent an emphatic scoreline becoming an embarrassment. Made a good save from Piazon's penalty, for what it's worth.

  • Ciaran Clark
    15
    69
    1.50

    Ciaran Clark

    Is not yet experienced enough to lead and organise such a young defence against such high-quality opposition. He gave Torres too much space for Chelsea's first, and struggled with the Spaniard's movement all afternoon. He never tried to hide, though, and always looked to direct his team-mates.

  • Eric Lichaj
    14
    67
    1.50

    Eric Lichaj

    Had no answer to the threat of Moses, and the Nigerian could do pretty much as he pleased on the right flank.

  • Nathan Baker
    17
    83
    1.00

    Nathan Baker Flop of the Match

    Faced with a fluid and highly motivated Chelsea attack, he looked well out of his depth. Was repeatedly pulled out of position as he found himself outwitted in the air and on the floor.

  • Matthew Lowton
    16
    57
    2.00

    Matthew Lowton

    Fared reasonably well in possession, but was humiliated every time Hazard deigned to run at him.

  • Brett Holman
    19
    57
    2.00

    Brett Holman

    Worked hard, but his poor distribution contributed to Villa being unable to hold onto possession for any real length of time.

  • Ashley Westwood
    15
    52
    2.00

    Ashley Westwood

    Quite good defensively until Luiz doubled Chelsea's lead, but thereafter went to pieces along with his team-mates.

  • Barry Bannan
    17
    52
    2.00

    Barry Bannan

    Tried to set the tempo for his side when he got the ball, but his efforts were undermined by hardly ever getting the blasted thing.

  • Chris Herd
    15
    55
    1.50

    Chris Herd

    Could do nothing to prevent Chelsea comfortably winning the midfield battle. Also gave away the free kick which allowed Luiz to double the Blues' lead, and the penalty which allowed Oscar to add a sixth.

  • C. Benteke
    26
    61
    1.50

    C. Benteke

    Disappointingly anonymous. Starved of service, but did nothing to help his case by straying offside seemingly at every possible opportunity.

  • Andreas Weimann
    22
    47
    2.50

    Andreas Weimann

    Industrious as ever, and forced the only real save of the afternoon out of Cech.

Substitutions

  • Joseph Bennett
    11
    54
    1.50

    Joseph Bennett

    Came on for Lichaj with half an hour left, but fared no better.

  • Stephen Ireland
    23
    54
    1.50

    Stephen Ireland

    Replaced Westwood for the final half hour, but you couldn't tell.

  • Jordan Nathaniel Bowery
    13
    51

    Jordan Nathaniel Bowery

    Played the final 11 minutes in place of Holman with the match already utterly over.

Results
 
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Position
Ranking
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Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
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29 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
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20 0
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Midfielder
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18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man Utd.
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0