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Chelsea have continued their fine form this season with a win against Aston Villa, as the Blues put three past Villa.
A Romelu Lukaku brace and a Mateo Kovacic strike ensured Chelsea remain unbeaten this season and joint top of the table after four games.
See how the players fared
Mendy: Top performance from the Senegalese. He made some top saves in the first half when Villa were on the ascendancy. Saved the team in the first half and it gave Chelsea the leverage to seal the win in the second half. 8/10
Chalobah: Given another chance, and the academy product continued to show his talent. Confident display on the right side of defence. 7/10
Thiago Silva: Massive performance from the veteran Brazilian. Made one massive block to deny Ollie Watkins in the first half, and his composure at the back was top notch. His passes were very good as well. 8/10
Rudiger: Solid performance from the German as he continues a good run of form. Besides blazing a long range shot far over the bar, he had a good game. 7/10
Saul: Didn’t have a debut he’d have liked, as he was thrust into the midfield to face Villa. Couldn’t cope with the intensity of the game and lost the ball way too many times. Was subbed off at half-time. He would definitely improve with time. 4/10
Kovacic: Magnificent performance from the Croatian. Did very well in the middle of the park as he easily beat the Aston Villa press. A world-class pass from deep found Lukaku for the opening goal, and he took advantage of a short back pass from Tyrone Mings to score the second for Chelsea. Combined better with Jorginho in the second half. 8/10
Hudson-Odoi: Started in a right wing-back role and did decently. Looked better when he was moved further up the pitch. 6/10
Alonso: Good game from the Spaniard. Solid at the back, even though he was troubled by Leon Bailey in the second half. Didn’t do much going forward. 7/10
Hakim Ziyech: Decent performance from the Moroccan, but you could see that he had much more to offer than he delivered. 6/10
Kai Havertz: Flashes of brilliance from the German and a decent performance. 6/10
Lukaku: Held up play very well and scored two brilliant goals when the team needed him to come up with the goods. Good movement and finish for the first goal, and the second was an extraordinary strike. 8/10
Jorginho: Came on at half-time and made the difference in the second half as he ensured the midfield ticked for Chelsea. 7/10
Azpilicueta: Replaced Kai Havertz four minutes after the hour mark and he made his mark with a fine assist for Lukaku’s second goal. 7/10
Werner: Late sub for Hudson-Odoi.