Chelsea Player Rankings After 8-0 Thrashing of Aston Villa
Chelsea made their Premier League return by beating Aston Villa 8-0 at Stamford Bridge, equaling their own record for the biggest EPL winning margin. They also set a new record, with seven different names finding their way onto the score sheet.
Aston Villa were behind after three minutes when Fernando Torres rose highest in the area to score from a header, and the Midlands side just disintegrated from there. Goals from David Luiz and Branislav Ivanovic made it 3-0 before halftime, and it looked like game over.
The Blues didn't see it that way, though, and in the second half, they produced a display of dominance that, only a few weeks ago, seemed to be a distant but happy memory.
The following slides break down the players' individual contributions to this huge victory. Each player starts on 5/10 and gains points for a high passing accuracy percentage, as well as assists and goals. All stats are provided by Opta.
As with the rest of the Chelsea defensive line, Cahill had a relatively easy day at the office. He kept himself busy further up the pitch, making two successful tackles before having a lovely turn-and-shoot manoeuvre blocked, which led to Ivanovic's goal.
David Luiz started in the defensive midfield position he received so much praise for during the Club World Cup match against Monterrey. Having a defensive line as well as the 'keeper behind him allows him to have his moments of madness with slightly less danger of conceding a goal.
He scored a wonderful free kick in the first half, a lively effort which looped over the wall before dipping into the net. A few minutes later, he had a great curling shot saved by Brad Guzan, who did well to get across to it.
Still coming back from injury, Frank Lampard was substituted after 67 minutes in a straight swap with Ramires. In the hour or so he was on the pitch, he scored a great goal from well outside the box and had a pass success rate of 90 percent. Not bad for a player over 30 who isn't sure where his future lies.
As usual, Mata was the key playmaker in the attacking trio. The midfield maestro created four chances and got an assist for Frank Lampard's goal. He was substituted after 74 minutes for Lucas Piazon, who made a similar impact on the game
Moses made some good runs down the right and got the ball into dangerous areas on a few occasions. He linked up well with Mata and Eden Hazard and had two attempts to get on the score sheet, the best of which was a long-range shot in the second half. However, despite his best efforts, he couldn't keep it down and had to watch it sail over the bar.
Torres started the game brightly and got up well to head his goal in. He made some half-decent runs in the box while loitering around the Villa back line. After his goal, he had a couple of half chances and then seemed to drift out of the game before being substituted on 63 minutes for Oscar.
Lucas Piazon: 8/10