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Chelsea 0-2 Aston Villa: Match report, player ratings, fan reaction & more

Match report

The unrest at big-spending Chelsea has only continued to mount on Saturday evening, owing to another concerning defeat, on this occasion at the hands of Aston Villa.

The Blues, of course, marked their post-international break return to action a short time ago.

Fresh off a disappointing stalemate with Everton last time out, Graham Potter’s troops welcomed Unai Emery’s Villa to Stamford Bridge, eyeing a bounce-back result.

When all was said and done in west London, however, precisely the opposite went on to play out.

This came as, despite carving out a whole host of presentable opportunities over the course of the 90 minutes, Chelsea were ultimately condemned to the wrong side of a 2-0 result.

Ollie Watkins opened the scoring in the clash, lobbing a fine finish over the onrushing Kepa Arrizabalaga after he and Mykhailo Mudryk had exchanged chances at both ends a short time earlier:

On this occasion, it was John McGinn who proved difference-maker, latching onto Jacob Ramsey’s layoff on the edge of the penalty area to direct a deflected effort into the right-hand corner:

And this marked all she wrote when it came to the goalscoring at Stamford Bridge, as Aston Villa leapfrogged Chelsea in the Premier League table, amid mounting calls for Blues boss Graham Potter to be sent on his way.

Player ratings

Chelsea

Kepa Arrizabalaga – 4.5

Reece James – 6.5

Kalidou Koulibaly – 6

Marc Cucurella – 4

Ruben Loftus-Cheek – 5

Enzo Fernandez – 6.5

Mateo Kovacic – 6

Ben Chilwell – 6

Joao Felix – 5.5

Mykhailo Mudryk – 4.5

Kai Havertz – 5.5

Substitutes: Noni Madueke – 5.5, N’Golo Kante – 6, Christian Pulisic – N/A, Conor Gallagher – N/A

Aston Villa

Emiliano Martinez – 7.5

Ashley Young – 5.5

Ezri Konsa – 6

Tyrone Mings – 6

Alex Moreno – 6.5

Douglas Luiz – 6.5

Boubacar Kamara – 5

John McGinn – 8

Jacob Ramsey – 7.5

Emiliano Buendia – 5.5

Ollie Watkins – 7

Substitutes: Calum Chambers – 6.5, Leon Bailey – 6, Leander Dendoncker – N/A, Lucas Digne – N/A

Fan reaction

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