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Chelsea 3-0 Aston Villa

By Saj ChowdhuryBBC Sport
Diego Costa
Diego Costa was rested for the League Cup tie but returned with a goal and assist
  • Chelsea remain three points clear at the top
  • Costa returns to score his eighth this season
  • Villa concede their first away goals of 2014-15

Diego Costa's outstanding start to his career at Chelsea continued as he grabbed his eighth goal to help the leaders to victory against Aston Villa.

The Spain striker then created another as Jose Mourinho's side secured their fifth win of the season.

Oscar was first on the scoresheet when he tapped in after Willian's shot was saved by Brad Guzan.

Costa added a second with a header before his jinking run and shot led to Willian's goal from close range.

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"The difference with Chelsea this season is the work they do in getting the ball back. The first goal was a great goal and I love the second goal - they still find spaces. And when the opposition is going forward, they also have the possibility of going for a counter-attack. This is the Chelsea I love to see. It's a Chelsea that's hard to beat."

Although the scoreline suggests it was a stroll for Chelsea, for long periods the attack had been suppressed by a disciplined Villa defence.

Nevertheless, even against a stingy backline, the Blues added another three goals to this season's tally to remain the league's leading scorers with 19 in six matches.

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The win also means Mourinho's team are one of four unbeaten sides across all the four divisions with 16 points from a possible 18.

They took a while to insert their dominance against Villa, so would have been grateful for the breakthrough in the seventh minute.

Roy Keane (left), Paul Lambert and Jose Mourinho (right)
Jose Mourinho's (right) team have yet to lose in eight matches in all competitions this season

On that occasion, full-back Branislav Ivanovic slipped a pass down the left into the path of Willian, whose initial shot was saved by American Guzan. However, the ball returned to the former Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder who found Oscar, with the 23-year-old adding the final touch from close range.

Up until the second goal, Villa had kept up with Chelsea's attack and restricted them for space. Costa, in particular, looked a frustrated figure in attack.

Doubts still surround whether he has fully recovered from a hamstring injury, although he showed how effective he can be with careful management.

Lambert upbeat despite loss

He should have scored in the first half, when he headed Willian's brilliant delivery straight at Guzan. However, he beat the Villa keeper with a similar effort just before the hour mark.

With his tail up, Costa appeared to move with more purpose and a dazzling run in the area led to the third.

Cesc Fabregas, who had a quiet game playing in a deeper midfield position, delivered a sumptuous cross-field pass for his Spain team-mate.

The former Atletico Madrid striker confused Philippe Senderos with his footwork before firing a low shot that was saved by Guzan, but then poked in by Willian.

Costa was brought off to a standing ovation. He is already proving to be an integral figure in Chelsea's title challenge.

Villa, whose best chance came in the first half when Aly Cissokho hooked wide, face another stiff test next week - at home to Manchester City.

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert:

"We were well in that game. I couldn't fault my own team. We gave it a right good go.

"When you come to places like this, when you get a chance, you've got to score.

"With Nathan's [Baker] header, Fabian's [Delph] couple of shots, [Aly] Cissokho at the back post, you've got to score.

"If you get beat, you've got to leave here with your confidence intact, which we certainly are.

"Performance-wise, other than trying to get a goal, I couldn't ask for any more."

David Walliams (left) and Samuel L Jackson (right)
Actors David Walliams (left) and Samuel L Jackson (right) take their places for Saturday match
Villa assistant Roy Keane (left) and manager Paul Lambert
Villa had suffered only one league defeat coming to Stamford Bridge
Oscar (left) scores for Chelsea
Oscar began the scoring in the first half at Stamford Bridge
Willian scores fo Chelsea
Diego Costa scored the second before Willian, who helped set up the first, taps in the third for Chelsea



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Courtois
  • 2Ivanovic
  • 24CahillBooked at 26mins
  • 26Terry
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 4FàbregasBooked at 58mins
  • 21Matic
  • 22Willian
  • 8OscarSubstituted forMikelat 77'minutes
  • 10E HazardSubstituted forSchürrleat 68'minutes
  • 19Diego CostaSubstituted forRemyat 81'minutes


  • 1Cech
  • 3Filipe Luís
  • 5Zouma
  • 11Drogba
  • 12Mikel
  • 14Schürrle
  • 18Remy

Aston Villa

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Guzan
  • 21Hutton
  • 14SenderosBooked at 62mins
  • 2Baker
  • 23Cissokho
  • 8CleverleyBooked at 51mins
  • 15Westwood
  • 16Delph
  • 10WeimannSubstituted forN'Zogbiaat 69'minutes
  • 11Agbonlahor
  • 18RichardsonSubstituted forBentat 69'minutes


  • 6Clark
  • 7Bacuna
  • 19Bent
  • 24C Sánchez
  • 28N'Zogbia
  • 31Given
  • 40Grealish
Phil Dowd

Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Chelsea 3, Aston Villa 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Chelsea 3, Aston Villa 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Willian (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by André Schürrle.

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    Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa).

  6. Post update

    Offside, Chelsea. Cesc Fàbregas tries a through ball, but Loïc Remy is caught offside.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. André Schürrle (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Willian.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Gary Cahill (Chelsea).

  9. Post update

    Philippe Senderos (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Alan Hutton.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. André Schürrle (Chelsea) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Willian.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea. Loïc Remy replaces Diego Costa.

  13. Goal!

    Goal! Chelsea 3, Aston Villa 0. Willian (Chelsea) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Diego Costa (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Cesc Fàbregas.

  15. Post update

    Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Charles N'Zogbia (Aston Villa).

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea. John Obi Mikel replaces Oscar.

  18. Post update

    Offside, Chelsea. Cesc Fàbregas tries a through ball, but Nemanja Matic is caught offside.

  19. Post update

    Diego Costa (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Nathan Baker (Aston Villa).