Chelsea 8-0 Aston Villa: Benitez Smiles as Blues Run Riot at the Bridge
Barclays Premier League—Stamford Bridge, London, England, at 11 a.m. ET
Scorers: Torres 2', David Luiz 28', Ivanovic 34', Lampard 58', Ramires 75', Oscar 78', Hazard 83', Ramires 90+1'
Chelsea: Petr Cech; Cesar Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanovic, Ashley Cole; Frank Lampard, David Luiz; Victor Moses, Juan Mata, Eden Hazard; Fernando Torres.
Substitutes: Ross Turnbull, Paolo Ferreira, Nathan Ake, Ramires, Oscar, Marko Marin, Lucas Piazon.
Aston Villa: Brad Guzan, Matthew Lowton, Nathan Baker, Ciaran Clark, Eric Lichaj, Brett Holman, Ashley Westwood, Barry Bannan, Chris Herd, Andreas Weimann, Christian Benteke.
Substitutes: Shay Given, Jordan Bowery, Karim El Ahmadi, Stephen Ireland, Joe Bennett, Fabian Delph, Marc Albrighton.
FT. Chelsea 8-0 Aston Villa - Thank you for the early Christmas present Chelsea!!— CarloFan (@CarloFan) December 23, 2012
Chelsea could have easily scored 12/13, there was a period in the game they were splitting through Villa with great ease but not finishing.— The Football Front (@ReviewFootball) December 23, 2012
Not fun to be Aston Villa right now.. Chelsea up 8-0.. That young guy Piazon is gonna be a great player..— Caroline Wozniacki (@CaroWozniacki) December 23, 2012
Get Guzan a carton of eggnog & let him be by himself until Boxing Day. Brad's done little wrong, but you need some alone time after this...— Eric Beard (@BeardEric) December 23, 2012
CHELSEA 8-0 ASTON VILLA
Chelsea ran riot and were irresistible at times going forward. David Luiz relished his new role in the side as a defensive midfielder and Fernando Torres continued his fine run of scoring form.
Rafa Benitez will have eased the pressure on him and quietened some of the boo boys as the Blues enter a packed Christmas schedule.
Villa was abject, pathetic if you will and made to look completely asinine. Paul Lambert's youthful side will have to hope that this makes them stronger moving forward, as they were completely outclassed today.
What are your thoughts on the game? Who was your man of the match?
Chelsea 8-0 Aston Villa
90+1'–Chelsea add to their destruction of Villa and it's Ramires, who side foots a shot from just inside the area down the middle of the goal. Guzan gets a hand to it, but only pushes it into the top corner. He'll be disappointed with that.
88'–Piazon's penalty is at a nice height for Guzan and the American palms it away. So Villa keep it at seven.
88'–Lucas Piazon's quick feet earn Chelsea a penalty. The Brazilian dances past Clark and the Villa defender trips the youngster.
PENALTY TO CHELSEA
Sensational seventh by Hazard. Chelsea 7 Villa 0. How bad are Villa?!— John Cross (@johncrossmirror) December 23, 2012
Hypothetical question - If Chelsea carry on performing like this would there come a point when Benitez would be accepted, even grudgingly?— Tony Barrett (@TonyBarretTimes) December 23, 2012
Chelsea 7-0 Aston Villa
83'–Eden Hazard's turn to get in on the act, dancing through several mistimed Villa tackles, before unleashing a rocket into the top right corner from the left side of the penalty area. Chelsea have been ruthless, this is an astonishing performance.
81'–Chelsea have a Brazilian quartet on show right now, and it's magical! David Luiz, Ramires, Lucas Piazon and Oscar making Chelsea tick to a samba beat.
Chelsea 6-0 Aston Villa
78'–Oscar buries the penalty into the top left corner, his first Chelsea goal in the Premier League.
78'–Chris Herd wraps his arms around Oscar and although it's soft, it's probably a penalty.
PENALTY TO CHELSEA
Chelsea 5-0 Aston Villa
75'–Didn't take Piazon long to make an impact, cutting in from the left, he delivers a wonderful pass into the path of Ramires, who is bombing forward. The Brazilian slashes the ball between Guzan's legs, finishing cooly, unlike Oscar and Moses before in that position.
74'–Mata's work is done though, with Lucas Piazon getting a rare outing. The Brazilian licks his lips as he comes on.
71'–Mata is having fun out there, controlling the ball with the sole of his foot and toying with Villa, waiting for the ideal moment to dissect a vulnerable back line.
67'–Oscar is sent through on goal from the right by Ramires, similar position to Moses before, and the Brazilian snatches at the chance, dragging it to the left of the goal.
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