Chelsea FC held off a late surge by hosts Aston Villa to take three valuable points from the match. Villa, playing with high emotions following the retirement of captain Stiliyan Petrov, who was diagnosed with acute Leukemia yesterday, made a valiant effort coming back from two goals down, but it was not enough.
Daniel Sturridge got the visitors on the board early with a ninth-minute goal. Branislav Ivanovic would double it off a corner just after the break.
Villa would claw back to level with two late goals, both within the span of three minutes, but Ivanovic got another off a corner before Torres wrapped it up in stoppage time.
Here are five things learned from today’s victory.