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Chelsea 8 Aston Villa 0

What an early Christmas present that was!

Team News - Rafa Benitez chose to make three changes from the starting eleven that won at Elland Road in midweek. Bertrand was replaced by Cole, Cahill coming back after suspension with Luiz moving into defensive midfield in place of Ramires and Hazard coming back in place of Oscar. In midfield, Frank Lampard was making his 500th Premier League appearance.

First Half - Chelsea got the action underway and were to romp to a 3-0 half time lead. The first goal came as early as the 3rd minute when an excellent ball in, from Azpilicueta was met by the head of Torres, some sixteen yards out, with his powerful header beating Guzan all ends-up and going in the top corner.

The second came just before the half hour mark when, after Hazard had been fouled just outside the area, David Luiz stepped forward to deliver the perfect free-kick to beat Guzan comfortably, for his 1st Premier League goal of the season.

The third less than five minutes later came after Azpilicueta had won a corner. Mata delivered the ball, Cahill saw his shot kept out by Guzan but Ivanovic was on hand to head home his 4th Premier League goal of the season.

The first half definitely belonged to Chelsea with the Villa goal, often, under siege, a siege which saw shots from Azpilicueta, Luiz and Mata all blocked. All Villa had to show for their endeavour was a shot from Bannan that flew over the bar.

Second Half - If Chelsea were dominant in the first half they were rampant in the second half, adding a further FIVE goals.

Strangely enough, we had to wait until just before the hour mark when Lampard made it 4-0 with a splendid low finish from twenty-two yards out for his 100th Premier League goal in London.

Villa battled on but the collapse game starting in the 75th minute when Ramires rammed home a shot, after a great ball from Piazon split the defence. At 5-0 it was only a matter of how many.

With 79 minutes gone, it was 6-0 after Oscar was tugged by Herd and the Brazilian picked himself up to smash home the spot-kick for his first goal in the Premier League.

The carnage continued in the 84th minute when Hazard cut in from the wing, exchanged passes with Oscar and finished in spectacular fashion, to make it 7-0.

There was a brief interlude in proceedings when Piazon was fouled in the area only to pick himself up and see Guzan save his spot kick, but it was 8-0 into stoppage time when Ramires fired home after the Villa defence was opened up.

Just the pick-me-up we need ahead of Christmas and a testing programme.

Chelsea - Cech, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Cole, Lampard (Ramires-61), Luiz, Moses, Mata (Piazon-74), Hazard, Torres (Oscar-67)

Unused Subs - Turnbull, Ferreira, Marin, Ake

Chelsea Scorers - Torres (3), Luiz (29), Ivanovic (34), Lampard (59), Ramires (75+91), Oscar pen (79), Hazard (84)

Chelsea Yellow Cards - Nil

Chelsea Red Cards - Nil

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Writer: Merlin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday December 23 2012

Time: 6:02PM

Your Comments

Congrats Rafa keep up the good work. Get the players you need in January and see if you can defy the odds and get a few trophies. I would love to see you beat + stop United...and I'm convinced that Chelsea is the only team who can.
What can one say? Superb, performance. Thanks for early Christmas present boys.....;)
Luiz makes our midfield more mobile, not much backward and side passes, more of forward and penetrating passes, that's what we need....
Was lucky enough to travel across the ocean and witness the game with my dad for the 2nd time. Absolutely amazing. Was glad to see Oscar get his first EPL goal, and was very happy to see piazon, he was brilliant. Hopefully he will see more game time
And Luiz was great in the midfield, was caught up out of position a few times but time will see him improve
Fantastic performance. The fight and desire to not only win but crush Villa was evident throughout the match - love to see that and love seeing the desire to get the ball back asap even in the waning moments of the match. Great job boys.
piazon would score more goals if he is given more oppurtunity then torrrs...the one two between piazon oscar haz moses were piazon more often and we dont have to look outside for players...we have players in our academy who are far better then the players we run after...hazard was brilliant play oscar in place of lamps from the starts the guy has to start he would be waste to sit on bench and david luiz is better in midfield....azpi is fantastic...moses is good he needs to improve his first touch...
Agree @Lat, definitely more free flowing. Mikel has that odd long ball pass which finds it target but most times it's either head down, sideways or back pass. You could tell the difference w/ Luiz.
m on 9th heavens....that was a hell of a performance...Piazon looks really really good...i suspect there will still be plenty twists this season..but we are looking very good...a couple of january additions and this team can go places...and to tubby...he is some level above RDM sad to say...i wish him and the rest of team all the best...and a glorious end to the season
Oscar in place of Lamps? That would be a waste of talent.. Did you not see what he can do in the final third? He's not a pivot player.
Our back-line was solid. Luiz belongs in the mf as he is a complete boss. I've said that ever since he arrived at the club and Rafa being the first to put him in that position just shows how good a manager he actually is. Lamps had a great game today, sprayed that ball all over the place, took his goal great as well which was well deserved, legend. Hazard was incredible today, absolutely incredible what a player. Torres led the line well today and his goal was amazing, it was because of he that we went on a romp. The subs were incredible as well, Rambo played great, Oscar was phenomenal as always and i am very, very impressed with what i saw from Piazon.
An excellent game by the lads today. While honestly I do not like benitez, if he continues to get this kind of performance of this team, he will be welcome to stay.
I have to say it was a good performance overall
A woah performance,it was brilliant from all players and let carry on with that spirit for the next game(s).
We need to take this result and use it as food and drink.. to fuel on to similar results over the new year . Hope we can get Falcao in January to take us comfortably to the title.. Total embarrassment for Manchester
I enjoyed every bit of the match and wished it didnt end. Where will i start to comment? I mean all the players were brilliant. Piazon reminds me of Kaka,looking forward to seeing more of him in the days ahead. And,believe it or leave it, Luiz is more of a midfield than a defender. I feel for Mikel,cos he's got a big fight ahead of him. Azpi,Hazard,Oscar and Moses were all in another planet today.
The Chelsea fans would be feeling so sorry now. Fool FAT SPANISH WAITER. Disgraceful idiot ROMAN ABRAMOVIC's CHELSKI. Lol. Up your arse stupid lot. Go Chelsea! Go Rafa! 8-0! Way to go.
Good stuff from the boys. It's the best performance since Carlo's days. We still have to go one game at a time though before thinking of overthrowing the Manchester clubs which i think is possible.
Bravo chelseafc...These is the kind of spirit we want to see from both the boys and the fans,we are in this together..the hunger,passion and zeal to win was ever present,it was a classic team performance reminds of carlo's chelsea team
Excellent performance from chelsea. Even with four goals up, we didnt sit back but continued attacking with much more tempo.... I hope we can maintain this kind of performance in our subsequent games this xmas period. Well done boys....
Chelz Akamz
Its only one game. Benitez picked the right line-up today, and the players on Wedsnesday as well as today clearly looked motivated. But this will have little impact on dubious fans like me if we don't take this forward to Norwich and Everton
still think we need Falani....But nevertheless a great performance against a young inexperienced Aston Villa side!
Lovely game, the intensity, moving the ball quicker was perfect, the shows how good the manger is. And to add to what our former striker Tony Cascarino claims Blues owner Roman Abramovich is a 'genius' and has a canny knack of winning trophies. i wouldn't be surprised if we win two trophies at the end of the season."
jollyheart Torres
Lucas Piazon is fantastic.Loved those one-twos with him Oscar and Hazard.looking forward to seeing a lot of him.
Fantastic,david and mikel in the midfield wil give us that physical apraoch that is lacking in this term.
Prestige F1
So in hear in vc, i real though we have many tactical brainers, VC had already predicted the posibility of playing luis in midfield, finally it happen, great for cfc. thats why i m enjoying my time here. wel done 4 all
this was good clean passing. It was direct and had a good mix of long and short passes which were simple and uncomplicated. Great to watch. Fantastic play by the team and for the first time mata was quite but still the team played well. Excellent team performance.
Blue India
Luiz in at midfield was a huge upgrade from mikel, no doubt about that! his energy,timing on the challenge, commitment and solid play in CM was exactly what i've wanted to see from our team since essien in his prime at that position, combine that with his set piece ability and eye for that killer pass and you wonder if he won't be better and more importantly why our other managers couldn't see that and some of us who understand a little about football could???
pego sama
The early goal by Torres was the catalyst for the rout,left Villa rattled and they never recovered from that goal,as the young Villa lads never really knew how to get back on track. Villa like to sit deep and play on the counter,relying on Benteke's speed and strength. All the pre-match planning was thrown outa the window once we scored early and it was down hill from there for em. Top performance by our lads,they got stuck in from the very first minute to the last. And like I slag him when we fail to play to par,he does deserve some credit for the win...good one Rafa. Reading some comments from fans who are getting overly excited and talking about a remarkable season to come...Really? Like I said above,it we were great,but we also took advantage of an inexperienced Villa team. Up the Chels!!
The early goal by Torres was the catalyst for the rout,left Villa rattled and they never recovered from that goal,as the young Villa lads never really knew how to get back on track. Villa like to sit deep and play on the counter,relying on Benteke's speed and strength. All the pre-match planning was thrown outa the window once we scored early and it was down hill from there for em. Top performance by our lads,they got stuck in from the very first minute to the last. And like I slag him when we fail to play to par,he does deserve some credit for the win...good one Rafa. Reading some comments from fans who are getting overly excited and talking about a remarkable season to come...Really? Like I said above,it we were great,but we also took advantage of an inexperienced Villa team. Up the Chels!!
Mosses was brilient today so was oscar, thing is who does the manager now pick?? if i was him i would pick oscar cause his to much of a talent to have on the bench! but hey, it's also hard to leave mosses on the bench!! so who to pick!!?? i cant make up my mind!!!
pego sama
greedy fat man needs his goals...he us insatiable.
A Manure fan said Hazard is too inconsistent then goes on to say Nani is world class & the better player...... I couldn't stop laughing!
Luiz at HM was a great choice. A fun match to watch, no pins and needles. No one to grate on, I rate them all for the first time in a long time. We have some frighteningly talented youngsters...
Lampard said that this match reminded him of old Chelsea, we played with determination, DESIRE and hunger. We made the runs behind and were at them from the first whistle. We played less good looking passes (meaning we did not pass like Barca but more like Dortmund i.e. with less than 5 passes we were able to get shots on target) and we attacked with purpose.
Forget about Fellaini people. Luiz has DM/CM covered. But I wonder what Luiz and his national team coach will think about that.
The old Chelsea had very little flair. This current team is exciting.
where is mq gabeu and kakufrank
The problem with VC is that anytime the team had a good result its always praise singing of manager and players but whenever the result don't come the team's way no mata how good the team performed its end of the world. I don't know the kind of fans that support their team only when the result favour their team.
Chelsea with Rafa will be unstoppable! So much better looking under him just in few weeks. RB probably the best manager by looks of things. Mourinho is just too much trouble.
I think RB puts Lampard in the team as team needs someone older a leader.
I really feared we were heading for a disaster when the team news was out. Rafa was spot on after all. Credit should also be given to the players for playing out the game plan. Let keep faith in the team and Rafa
Luiz + Mikel will be something to behold and they will destroy opposing teams. I'm won't get carried away into thinking that we don't need players in January because we do...but we may not need more than three. DS is already gone, Cole maybe...I'm praying for the dude in the #8 shirt + Malouda. So a striker, midfielder, defender. Piazon and Chalobah can play with the bigger kids now. For all the bad press Rafa gets he must also take credit for the team's improved form. As I said in another post he should pay less attention to being liked by the fans and concentrate on completing the overhaul of the team. Win as many games as you can Rafa:)
@had2bg: Which striker, midfielder & defender you would like to join Chelsea.
What a performance could have not asked for a better Christmas present we were from another planet today. A huge jump in the league from 7th to 3rd and a game in hand up the Chels!!!!!!!
Phil Dowd vs Villa yet again! How can you be proud? Cheated all game and got away with it but what's even more painfull is the ***** performance from Villa! If you have any respect as a football fan you would call Dowd in to disrepute for his shoddy work.
Green Villan
as long as Mikel is not in the team we look all right. Now when luiz is proven and lamps ramy fighting for position i think we will be all right for quiet some time
One positive I noticed is how our back 4 weren't exposed once today. In recent weeks (or our "bad moment" to steal a phrase) our defence used to get exposed way to often and more often than not lead to conceding goals. It was easy for players to get into that dangerous position between the midfield and defence. Rafa has done well in recognising the problem and closed the space between CM midfield and DF. This made it difficult for their players to feed benteke today. It reminds me a little of Mourinho's tactics in how he made us defensively solid by having vertually no gap between defence and midfield and Makalele and Essien were the best in the position. It also reminds me a bit of Rafa's best season at anfield, when they finished second in 2009 but were playing flawless football in the second half of the season. Alonso was the man who denied the space between midfield and the defenders.
"One positive I noticed is how our back 4 weren't exposed once today" are you serious? the Villa back line was 12 years old you prat your defence is *****, you can only beat kids.
Green Villan
green villan, as a fellow villa fan, i have no clue what bearing phil dowd had on that game .. a penalty when they were already 6-0 up ? there wasn't any contentious offside .. lets face it we got smashed. chelsea were purring today. to be honest i don't get what benitez would need in january? looking at the subs that came on. i am sick to my stomach though, 8-0 ... puke .. the one morsel I am trying to chew over like a week old piece of chewing gum is that we still tried to attack even when 5, 6, 7 nil down ..
Here we go another idiot creeps on to the page....firstly no where did I mention anything about the "Villa back line"--Learn to understand what you read you moron. "your defence is *****" yet we have the second best defensive record in the prem. "you can only beat kids"-- yet the average age of our squad was much lower than many of the teams we beat this season, including Spurs, Arsenal, Stoke, Newcastle, Sunderland. If anyone is the prat its you mate!
and did I not write an article on Vital that David Luiz should play in the midfeild OVER A YEAR AGO???...cough...cough
Slippy G-19
now that luiz is a CDM we dont need to waste 30m on fellaini and we can use that money on a ST
Yeah lucky for us as Benitez read Slippy G's article
I quoted you DaBison, get a brain! it's in the 1st line of your post *****!
Green Villan
and you know I meant Villa front line vs your ***** defence was less than matched!
Green Villan
WELL DONE CHELSEA AND BENITEZ! A clear message has been sent out to manchester! Lets enjoy the ride, take the scalps, and evolve into the world most dominating team, slowly but surely, hungry yet humble, wave after wave from the SEA!!!
Green Villan, how did Cahill do?
How is Dimatteo ;)
Green Villan
I've read a lot of analysis about this game and a few before this and two sentences used struck me as very true and important. The first - if you control the midfield you dominate the game, evident from our failures against specific teams and United being second best most games despite winning, and second - luiz is perfect in the midfield when Chelsea will have the ball. That's because he does well with it and if he does recycle possession we tendto keep it.
Mia Maynard
Villa fans on this site, I feel for you guys. I like villa and don't wish such a hammering on any team. You looked good recently so shouldn't have a problem finishing clear of relegation and I think Paul Lambert is a good manager. Chins up fellows. Cheers.
Mia Maynard
@green villan- wats the time? Its 8 past villa :D
Mia cheers :) take care and happy xmas.
Green Villan
That was a flattering performance. I was actually scared cos Villa have been playing very well lately and Benteke has been a revelation. Rafa got the better of them tactically. Like a said on my bb group, Villa seemed to have no plan B. Benteke was perfectly kept offside all game long. The high point of the game for me was when Piazon came on. You could see the excitement on his face;he just loved playing with Hazard,Oscar,Moses and Ramires. Did you notice Hazard urging him to take the penalty? There was disbelieve in his eyes. Thanks Rafa for making us smile and laugh; thanks for the excitement and the early xmas present. If Luiz is gonna feature more in the midfield, then we may have to buy a centre back esp has Terry's knew is having complications. I'd love a cb who is versatile. David luiz is a very versatile player; over the course of his career he has played in DM, fullback and cb, I think we shd get anoda versatile guy. It takes d pressure off the team esp when there are injuries. Reminds me of Ferreira in his prime, he could play fullback and centre back. A versatile player also helps in squad rotation. As winter window approaches I pray we buy carefully so as not to wreck the team spirit through panic buying. Happy xmas in advance folks!
proud of that performance...if we can repeat that consistently over good teams, then we can be unstoppable. Luiz did well, backed up azi, iva when they ventureed forward. I like the discipline with which we are playinig...Credit to Rafa...Players have freedom, but they are aware of their duties...ex: can see azi pushing forward lot of times, but he is quickly backs to stop benteke or anyone to cross the ball into box...
its very long time since i saw such a performance from Torres...he even tried a fancy shot in the 2nd half....he looks very much confident...that 1st goal set the tone for the entire match...
Most difficult task for yesterday's match---> to choose the MOTM. :-)...hope i get this tough every week
I agree with Green Villan here, the ref was awful he should have given Chelsea more than 2 penalties! horrible ref he should be banned that Phil Dowd!!
pego sama
I HOPE LUIZ HAS FOUND HIS PERMANENT POSITION FOR GOOD!! He can complement anyone there mikel lampard rami oscar .... FORGET FORWARD OR DEEP HE DOES IT ALL!! Forget fellaini buy CB and LB ( incase we lose cole ) and BIG NAME STRIKER!! i know realise how boring di matteo was after watching benitez gameplan being implemented !! ENJOY THE EVOLUTION FELLOW BLUES
@green villan-- Oh son I've got a brain..its you who just came off looking like the dick there (back line - LMFAO). Are you talking about the same front line that ripped apart Liverpools back line the other week? HAHA if our back-line is "*****" then what's a worse name to describe yours..Again I'll repeat as your brain didn't absorb- Chelsea have the second best defence in the prem!!
Look mate was angry last night didn't mean to be a prat, you guys played us off the pitch pure and simple, you guys turned up and we didn't, sorry about the knee jerk reaction (embarresed). Due to you guys that free kick from Luiz was world class, Mata never stops working his socks off and Oscar is immense. Happy Xmass guys and all the best.
Green Villan
and lol Pego.
Green Villan
Cheers @Green, gl in the new year
BleedblueSTL and I went to the game...stayed at the hotel at Stamford Bridge...another fantastic experience...that Torres goal was one of the most spectacular goals I have ever seen. To see an 8-0 game was unbelievable. Still don't understand the beans on toast with mushrooms for breakfast...

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