December 24 2012
26 goals in nine games since ‘The Portly One’ took over including three games that Chelsea couldn’t score in a brothel. A remarkable feat in that ‘The Portly Ones’ teams are not renound for scoring bundles of goals. On Wednesday night at Leeds, there were five different scorers, yesterday at The Bridge, there were seven. Lucas Piazon should have made it eight different scorers, but Guzman brilliantly saved his penalty when the score was 7-0.
Whatever David Luiz was on yesterday, keep him on it and keep him in midfield.
Luiz was like a rampant rabbit overdosed on Duracell batteries, producing his best performance in a Chelsea shirt (IMO) since he signed two years ago.
In the matchday programme, Luiz spoke of his technique at free-kicks. He said, “During training, I try different things, different movements – it’s a natural technique. I’ve not studied.
“When I was younger, I would always try to kick the ball like that and, when you become a more experienced player, you get more confidence to do it.”
It didn’t take long for Luiz to perfect his technique as his rifled home a stunning free-kick to put Chelsea 2-0 up.
Torres opened the scoring with a powerful header just inside the area after two minutes then Guzman pulled off a superb reflex save from Cahill’s shot via a deflection, Ivanovic was alert to head in Chelsea’s third from close range.
Super Frank who is expected to leave Chelsea in the Summer played his 500th Premier League game and scored his 130th Chelsea league goal with a half-volley from twenty yards, pushing him one goal nearer to Bobby Tambling’s all-time goal scoring record of 202, to put Chelsea 4-0 up.
In a sizzling last fifteen minutes, substitute Ramires scored two, substitute Oscar scored from the penalty spot after being brought down and Hazard joined the goalscoring party.
Chelsea: Cech, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Cole, Luiz, Lampard (c) (Ramires 60), Moses, Mata (Piazon 74), Hazard, Torres (Oscar 67)
Goals: Torres 2, Luiz 28, Ivanovic 34, Lampard 58, Ramires 75, 90, Oscar pen 78, Hazard
Aston Villa: Guzan, Herd, Clark (c), Baker, Lowton, Westwood (Ireland 56), Holman (Bowery 79), Bannan, Lichaj (Bennett 56), Weimann, Benteke
NEXT UP: Norwich City (A), Boxing Day, k.o. 3pm