Chelsea 2 – 0 Aston Villa
Posted by hiphopmama on October 9, 2008
This was a decisive victory that was much more lopsided than the score indicates. I thought the word was that Chelsea were hampered by massive injuries – Drogba, Deco, Essien, Carvalho. Wasn’t that the storyline? No matter, they made Villa look like impostors out there, schooling them in virtually every category in a game that was supposed to be a real challenge for Chelsea.
Both goals were scored in the first half, the first by Joe Cole after nice build-up play by Malouda and Lampard, and the second by Nicolas Anelka off a second rebound that was (quite understandably) spilled by Brad Friedel. Chelsea were simply on fire in the second half – they could do no wrong, passing the ball with exquisite care and moving with flair. The second half was impressive as well, and it took some valiant efforts from Friedel to prevent the scoreline from looking any worse. As it stood, Chelsea easily secured the three points to put them at the top of the table, along with Liverpool after their comeback against Manchester City. Injuries, shminjuries.