Blue Mondays: The Latest on Chelsea at Christmas

Chelsea make it back-to-back victories on the road after powering past Brentford and Aston Villa.

Written by @ArmadilloBlue1.

Edited by Ryan Bellenie (@BellenieSport).

Sweet Victory Against Bees:

Chelsea travelled to Brentford for the Quarter-Final of the League Cup and due to Covid, injuries and players needing a rest – Thomas Tuchel handed debuts to Jude Soonsup-Bell, Xavier Simons and Harvey Vale in an unorthodox line-up.

The teenagers all impressed along with goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, who kept Chelsea in the game in the first half.

In the second half, Mr. Tuchel brought on the big guns and saw his side score two goals in the final 10 minutes of the game. Chelsea consequently progressed to another Semi-Final, where they have been drawn against Spurs.

So even after this “blip”, the Blues have lost just once in their last 18 games.

(credit | Sky Sports Football).

Back on Form at Villa Park:

Another away day saw Chelsea travel to Villa Park to take on Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa.

The ex-Rangers manager was missing from the dugout after testing positive for Covid on the eve of the game. There more decent away support from the travelling Chelsea fans, who were silenced on the 28th minute when Reece James inadvertently flicked a cross past Édouard Mendy to give Villa the lead.

Chelsea rallied on and equalised before the break with a penalty from Jorghino. Thomas Tuchel brought Romelu Lukaku on at half-time, and the Belgian guided the Blues into a 2-1 lead on 56th minute.

Romelu bullied the Villa backline and in stoppage time was brought down for Jorghino to make the points safe from the spot. The Italian is now the first Premier League player to score 10 penalties in a calendar year.

(credit | Sky Sports Football).

Hosting the Seagulls:

Brighton come to Stamford Bridge for the last game of 2021. Chelsea have never lost a league game against the Seagulls, winning 10 of the 12 games that have been played.

Last season this fixture ended 0-0 and

Chelsea will certainly be looking for a better result this season.

New Year Blockbuster:

The first game of 2022 is home against Liverpool, with Anthony Taylor set to officiate the match.

This game due to Chelsea’s recent form, has become massive. The fixture earlier in the season saw Anthony Taylor give a controversial red card to Reece James after he was adjudged to have handled on the goal-line.

The Blues were superb in the second half and came away from Anfield with a 1-1 draw.

The London club have a good league record against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge, winning 39 of the 78 games and losing only 22 games.

Last year it was a 2-0 away win to Liverpool with another red card for the Blues, alongside two goals for Sadio Mané.


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