Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku mentioned scoring at Stamford Bridge is one thing he has dreamed about since he was a baby, after netting twice in Chelsea’s win over Aston Villa.
The Belgian scored his first ever targets on the stadium both facet of a Mateo Kovacic strike as Thomas Tuchel’s facet maintained their unbeaten begin to the season.
“It is my dream since I used to be 11. I’ve labored arduous for this second,” mentioned Lukaku.
He added: “I used to be up and down firstly [of my career] however I’ve discovered a sure consistency within the final three years. With expertise and arduous work, I simply carry on working.
“It is a good begin however we now have to maintain working. We all know this yr’s going to be very aggressive. A number of groups are going to be preventing for the title.”
Lukaku kissed the membership badge as he celebrated his opener in entrance of Blues followers after beating Villa goalkeeper Jed Steer on his fifteenth look at Stamford Bridge general.
The Belgian’s scientific end by means of Steer’s legs got here from a exact go from Kovacic inside his personal half.
Lukaku sealed the win for Chelsea in damage time with a robust end down from the sting of the field.
The victory takes Tuchel’s facet as much as second – degree on factors and purpose distinction with leaders Manchester United – and sees the membership attain a big milestone as they turn out to be solely the second workforce in Premier League historical past to achieve 600 wins within the competitors (Man Utd have 690).
Villa made to pay for missed possibilities
Villa’s preparations for his or her journey to Stamford Bridge have been disrupted with the absence of first-choice goalkeeper Emi Martinez and winger Emi Buendia, who missed out due to quarantine guidelines after the worldwide break.
Stand-in goalkeeper Steer was in for a busy afternoon with Chelsea forcing three corners contained in the opening 10 minutes, they usually lastly opened the scoring on the quarter-hour.
The Blues broke down the Villa defence after an excellent go from Kovacic inside his personal half discovered Lukaku on the sting of the field.
The Belgian slalomed previous Villa defender Axel Tuanzebe earlier than sweeping previous Steer for his second Premier League purpose of the season.
Dean Smith’s facet created loads of possibilities after going 1-0 down and managed 4 photographs on course, however couldn’t discover a well past Blues goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.
Villa loved a vivid spell after conceding and practically responded when Ollie Watkins’ low drive compelled Mendy into a powerful response save, diving low to his proper to maintain out the ahead on his first begin of the season.
Mendy was the busier of the 2 goalkeepers within the first half and had a let off when Watkins rounded him solely to take one too many touches and permit Thiago Silva to get again and block his goal-bound effort.
Mendy redeemed himself with two saves in fast succession to disclaim Villa defenders Mings and Ezri Konsa, however any hopes of a comeback have been dashed when Kovacic doubled Chelsea’s lead 4 minutes after the restart.
And so they have been punished for his or her wasted possibilities when Kovacic doubled Chelsea’s lead early within the second half with a first-time end into the underside nook from Tyrone Mings’ weak again go.
After making the primary purpose, the Croatia midfielder pounced on a weak Mings go to place the ball past Steer and into the far nook for less than his second ever Premier League purpose.
Villa managed to maintain Lukaku comparatively quiet, with the 28-year-old managing simply 25 touches of the ball in 93 minutes – lower than any participant who began the sport.
Whereas he was restricted to simply two possibilities, Lukaku scored from them each, firing into the roof of the online from Cesar Azpilicueta’s go to make it eight targets in his final six Premier League outings in opposition to Villa.
- 6Thiago Silva
- 20Hudson-OdoiSubstituted forWernerat 82′minutes
- 17SaúlSubstituted forJorginhoat 45′minutes
- 3AlonsoBooked at 61mins
- 29HavertzSubstituted forAzpilicuetaat 64′minutes
- 5MingsBooked at 28mins
- 3TargettBooked at 90mins
- 41RamseyBooked at 8minsSubstituted forBaileyat 56′minutes
- 6Douglas LuizSubstituted forNakambaat 80′minutes
- 7McGinnBooked at 90mins
- 20IngsSubstituted forTraoréat 69′minutes
- 21El Ghazi
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Match ends, Chelsea 3, Aston Villa 0.
Second Half ends, Chelsea 3, Aston Villa 0.
Aim! Chelsea 3, Aston Villa 0. Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the field to the highest left nook. Assisted by César Azpilicueta.
John McGinn (Aston Villa) is proven the yellow card for a nasty foul.
Matt Targett (Aston Villa) is proven the yellow card.
Jorginho (Chelsea) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by John McGinn (Aston Villa).
Foul by Timo Werner (Chelsea).
Ezri Konsa (Aston Villa) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Try missed. John McGinn (Aston Villa) left footed shot from exterior the field misses to the left following a nook.
Nook, Aston Villa. Conceded by Thiago Silva.
Try blocked. Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa) header from the left facet of the six yard field is blocked.
Nook, Aston Villa. Conceded by Jorginho.
Try blocked. Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa) proper footed shot from exterior the field is blocked.
Substitution, Chelsea. Timo Werner replaces Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Try missed. Hakim Ziyech (Chelsea) left footed shot from exterior the field misses to the precise. Assisted by Jorginho.
Try saved. Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa) proper footed shot from the left facet of the field is saved within the prime centre of the purpose.
Substitution, Aston Villa. Marvelous Nakamba replaces Douglas Luiz.
Offside, Chelsea. Trevoh Chalobah tries a by means of ball, however Callum Hudson-Odoi is caught offside.
Nook, Aston Villa. Conceded by Trevoh Chalobah.
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