Chelsea’s disappointing results continued in recent weeks, drawing at home with Aston Villa 1-1 Monday evening, opening the 16th round of the Premier League.
Olivier Giroud (34) scored the Chelsea goal, while Anwar El Ghazi scored the Aston Villa goal (50).
Both teams have risen to 26 points, but Aston Villa are 5th above their opponents on goal difference.Embed from Getty Images
Chelsea coach Frank Lampard made some changes to his basic formation, and German Antonio Rudiger stood alongside the Dane Andreas Christensen deep in the back line, with the support of the two full-backs Cesar Azpilicueta and Ben Chilwell. The Italian Jorginho played the focal point, while N’Golo Kante and Mason Monte moved in the midfield, behind the trio Callum Hudson-Odoi, Christian Pulisic and Olivier Giroud.Embed from Getty Images
On the other hand, Aston Villa resorted to the 4-2-3-1 method of playing, where the back line was from the quadruple Matty Cash, Kortney Hause, Ezri Konsa and Matt Targett, and the presence of the duo Douglas Louiz and John McGinn in the midfield, while the trio Bertrand Traore, Jack Grealish and Anwar El Ghazi came behind outspoken striker Ollie Watkins.
The first chance in the match was in favor of Aston Villa in the 6th minute, when Grealish got the ball to clear the appropriate space for shooting, but goalkeeper Edouard Mendy blocked his ball.
Aston Villa lost the ball to Pulisic and found his way forward before firing a shot that went off target in the 12th minute.
Grealish passed the ball on the edge of the stadium line next to the goal, before passing it into a penalty area that was not followed up in the 16th minute.
Hause failed to direct his header towards Chelsea’s goal after a free kick in the 25th minute, and Cash did not succeed in taking advantage of a dispersed ball from goalkeeper Mendy in the 30th minute.Embed from Getty Images
Pulisic hit the ball in the 32nd minute after a pass from Giroud, and the latter managed to open the scoring in the 34th minute, when he met Chilwell’s cross with a header into the net.
Mount kept his ball when entering the penalty area Aston Villa before shooting from a narrow angle towards the stands in the 39th minute.Embed from Getty Images
After 5 minutes of the second half time, Aston Villa equaled the cuff, Cash sent a cross from the right side, which passed over everyone to reach the uncontrolled El Ghazi, who put it between the legs of goalkeeper Mendy.
Chelsea tried to respond quickly, when Pulisic crossed from the left side, and the ball reached Azpilicueta, who set it up to Kante, and the French player hit a ball that was caught by goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez without problems in the 59th minute.
Aston Villa almost surprised Chelsea with a second goal in the 69th minute, but McGinn’s long shot rebounded off the crossbar.
The Germans, Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, entered the Chelsea squad instead of Giroud and Jorginho, and Martinez met with a long-range shot from Pulisic, and he kept the ball with his fingertips above the goal in the 79th minute.Embed from Getty Images
Chilwell’s shot rebounded from Aston Villa’s defense in the 80th minute, and Werner got the ball inside the penalty area, and shot it high in 83rd minute.
The time pass without any news, and the match ended with a disappointing draw 1-1 for the hosts.Embed from Getty Images