Article By AnneMc8 Comments »Dec 23, 2012
Chelsea scored early and then barely stopped, getting eight past Guzan at Stamford Bridge today. There were goals from Fernando Torres, David Luiz, Branislav Ivanovic, Frank Lampard, Oscar, Eden Hazard and a brace from substitute Ramires to move Chelsea from seventh to third in the table.
After Torres’ zippy early opener, Luiz blasted the ball wide of Guzan and into the back of the net during the 29th minute of play. Chelsea’s third followed five minutes later, courtesy of Ivanovic, who nodded home after Guzan had made a superb stop.
With five minutes of the first half remaining, Villa had their first shot and it was well off target from Bannan, who sent the ball soaring through the Matthew Harding stand.
Things didn’t get much better after the break, although it was only a clever interception from Cahill (predictably) that stopped Benteke slotting the ball in in the 52nd minute.
Lampard made it 4-0 with a low shot from 25 yards.
Piazon came on for Mata and his first touch was sublime: he split the defence and passed to Ramires, who drove the ball under Guzan to make it 5-0.
Number six came from a penalty conceded by Herd, who was deemed to have tugged Oscar in the penalty area. Oscar kicked high and wide of Guzan, adding to the keeper’s miserable afternoon.
By this point, Villa looked utterly shell-shocked and it was no surprise when goal number seven found itself in the top left-hand corner of Guzan’s goal, struck left-footed by Hazard.
In the final minute of normal time, Ramires was afforded the simplest of chances, having been left free in the area, and he completed the slaughter.
After the game, Lambert said Villa had been ‘beaten up’ and that sums up the afternoon quite well really. No excuses, we were slaughtered.
Happy Christmas, Villa fans… Keep the faith. This time next year, we could be table toppers…