Some fans react on Twitter as Romelu Lukaku shines for Chelsea in Aston Villa victory
It was a tale of two halves as Chelsea bagged the victory against a tough Aston Villa side with a 3-1 margin.
Thomas Tuchel finally had some players back ready and raring to go. The draw against Everton and Wolves derailed the title challenge slightly but the big guns were back and firing against Villa.
The Blues started the game brightly as Mason Mount and Reece James were combining effectively on the right-hand side. But the home side soon took control and create a few opportunities, but to no avail. Then just before the half-hour mark Matt Targett found himself in a crossing position.
However, his cross that was lushed with pace was deflected by the glancing head of Reece James, and the flight of the ball defeated Edouard Mendy. There was little anybody could do about that, but the men in blue would make sure to retaliate soon.
Just 5 minutes after Villa celebrated their opener, Callum Hudson-Odoi was caught by Matty Cash in the penalty box. The referee awarded a penalty, and Jorginho did what he does best from the spot to put us level on the night. The first half ended after both teams failed to open up each other’s backline.
Title race not over?
Tuchel, however, made a change at half-time by bringing Romelu Lukaku to the fold. The Belgian was out for a while but looked fresh as he came on. Instantaneously, the West London club notched up a gear and started interchanging passes and positions to keep the ball from the hosts.
Soon, Lukaku notched his first league goal since scoring against Villa in September. The 28-year-old shrugged off Tyrone Mings to head home a wonderful cross by Hudson-Odoi. The home side then grew into the game and tried to pile the pressure on Chelsea but it was our side that were still creating the chances, with Mount and Hudson Odoi both missing open chances to score. However, there was some worry after Thiago Silva limped off the pitch mid-way through the second half.
The Stamford Bridge outfit gained a hold of the ball in the final minutes and tried to put the game to bed. Eventually, a counter-attack in added time led by the bustling Lukaku led to Ezri Konsa conceding another penalty by bringing the centre forward. Jorginho found the net again to secure the victory and go on level on points with Liverpool, who had their game against Leeds United postponed.
Let us now see how some fans reacted on Twitter to a much-needed win.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 26, 2021
Crucial victory. Hudson Odoi was brilliant and important in all 3 goals. J5 was cool as ice In converting the penalites and Lukaku changed the game. Big 3 points. We are on the up
— CfcSheikh (@CfcSheikh) December 26, 2021
What a world class performance by Lukaku. He came on and completely changed the game. MOTM without any shadow of a doubt.
— . (@ForeverBlue_07) December 26, 2021
FT Villa 1-3 Chelsea
ChO back, Lukaku with winner
ChO motm, winning pen, assisting Rom.
Better game management after we lead the game
Enforced injuries to Thiago, Kante 😭
Great tactical switch for pulisic RWB, ChO retains wing spot.
The anyhow win we asked for 😭👌😊
— Nicholas Benedict (@N1cBenedict) December 26, 2021
The most important moment of the game, let’s hope the season starts here for Lukaku, my striker💙 pic.twitter.com/rPmiwwLFZN
— grande (@grandeisdead) December 26, 2021
Play Lukaku every game, never Pulisic striker again only on the wing
— Raf (@CFC_Raf) December 26, 2021
Another average performance from our attackers again bar Lukaku.
LUKAKU MOTM and nothing else. He was clearly the difference.
He’s tested positive for back in form
3points and back to winning ways in the league.
Up the Chels 💙💙💙😅
— MBröwn (@irigo_m) December 26, 2021
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Hudson-Odoi at left-wing.
Marcos Alonso (better than recent games).
Thiago Silva’s injury.
No clean sheet.
Pulisic, Mount, and James’ off day.
— Avi Dhiman (@AviDhimaan) December 26, 2021