Carabao Cup: Chelsea vs Aston Villa 22/9/21 – Full Match Report

Chelsea edge past Villa on penalties, setting up a fourth round tie with Southampton at the Bridge.


Pre-game:

Wednesday evening’s League Cup fixture saw a repeat matchup of Chelsea vs Aston Villa – two teams we saw go head-to-head in the Premier League just under two weeks ago.


On the day, it was Thomas Tuchel’s side that won the encounter in a 3-0 victory at Stamford Bridge. The German has seen his side start the new season in convincing fashion as they are still yet to concede a goal from open play.


That being said, it is worth noting that the last team to beat Chelsea was in fact Aston Villa, who took all three points from the Blues on the final game of last season.


The Villans – who earned four out of six points against Chelsea last season – looked to cause an upset at Stamford Bridge.


As perhaps expected, Tuchel made 10 changes to the team that powered past Tottenham on the weekend. There was a debut one the cards from 22-year-old Malang Sarr, who started in defence alongside the returning Trevoh Chalobah.

With goalkeeper Édouard Mendy still sidelined through injury, Kepa Arrizabalaga as the only player to keep their place in the team.


Dean Smith also made changes to the team that tasted defeat to the Blues on September 11th, with just Jed Steer, Matt Cash and Axel Tuanzebe keeping their places.


First half:

Following his passing on Sunday, the game began with a tribute to Chelsea legend Jimmy Greaves.


Overall, there was a slow start to the game which saw a real lack of chances in the opening 45 minutes. There was an opportunity for Cameron Archer inside the opening 10 minutes, but the 19-year-old struggled to keep his attempt down.


There was later a notable header from Chelsea loanee Saúl, who failed to hit the target.


Tuchel’s side didn’t test Jed Steer until the 36th minute as Hakim Ziyech looked to create his own chance with a low driven shot saved by the Villa goalkeeper.


The best chance of the first half arrived just minutes before the half time whistle, with Cameron Archer involved once again. The striker was in a good position to open the scoring but saw his attempt on goal saved by Arrizabalaga.


Following up on the rebound was Anwar El Ghazi, who saw his goalbound effort cleared off the line by Reece James.


In what was a half of limited chances, it was the visitors who had the better of them.


Second half:

Chelsea looked to increase the intensity in the second half and looked a whole lot better from the whistle.


Callum Hudson-Odoi called Steer into action early, with the Blues now creating chances and working their way into dangerous positions.


On the 54th minute, a pin-point cross from Reece James found a leaping Timo Werner who headed past Steer to open his account for the season.

Just a minute later, the German should have made it two as Hakim Ziyech played the striker into a 1-on-1 position. However, Werner struggled to make a clean connection and dragged his shot wide.


There were later attempts on target from both Hakim Ziyech and Bertrand Traoré – with both sides realising the importance of the next goal.


10 minutes after Werner’s opener, Matty Cash’s cross found a moving Cameron Archer who headed the ball off the crossbar and over the line. Kepa Arrizabalaga stood no chance in saving the teenager’s effort, with the game now locked at 1-1.

There was later a series of half-chances for both teams, with neither able to capitalise and seal the victory.


The game eventually finished a one-a-piece, with a penalty shoot-out set to determine a winner.


Penalty shoot-out:

- ASTON VILLA: El Ghazi (Goal). 0-1.

- CHELSEA: Lukaku (Goal). 1-1.

- ASTON VILLA: Young (Miss – Crossbar). 1-1.

- CHELSEA: Mount (Goal). 2-1.

- ASTON VILLA: Nakamba (Saved). 2-1.

- CHELSEA: Barkley (Goal). 3-1.

- ASTON VILLA – Konsa (Goal). 3-2.

- CHELSEA: Chilwell (Miss – Crossbar). 3-2.

- ASTON VILLA: Buendía (Goal). 3-3.

- CHELSEA: James (Goal). 4-3.

After the whistle:

It doesn’t matter how it’s done, but Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea have squeezed their way through to the fourth round of the Carabao Cup. The Blues are now set to play Southampton at Stamford Bridge, with the tie set to take place in October on the week commencing on the 25th.

It was far from a convincing performance from Chelsea, albeit a heavily rotated side. However, progressing to the next round of the competition was the aim for the Blues who achieved their target in a nervy penalty shoot-out victory.

With the majority of the squad now well-rested, the Blues will look ahead to Saturday’s early kick-off where Thomas Tuchel will look to continue his good form against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.


Aston Villa will also return to action on Saturday lunchtime as they take on Manchester United at Old Trafford.


Final score:

Chelsea 1-1 Aston Villa (4-3 pens).

- Werner (54’).

- Archer (64’).


Line-ups:

Chelsea (4-3-3): Arrizabalaga; James, Chalobah, Sarr, Chilwell; Kanté © (45’), Loftus-Cheek, Saúl (76’); Hudson-Odoi, Werner, Ziyech (76’).

- Subs: Mount (45’), Barkley (76’), Lukaku (76’).


Aston Villa (4-2-3-1: Steer; Cash (77’), Tuanzebe, Hause, Young; Sanson (42’), Nakamba; Traoré (64’), Buendía, El Ghazi; Archer.

- Subs: Chukwuemeka (42’), Philogene-Bidace (64’), Konsa (77’).


Referee:

Graham Scott.


Attendance:

35,892.


Possession:

Chelsea (68%) vs Aston Villa (32%).


Shots:

Chelsea (18) vs Aston Villa (10).


Shots on target:

Chelsea (7) vs Aston Villa (7).


Corners:

Chelsea (10) vs Aston Villa (2).


Fouls:

Chelsea (11) vs Aston Villa (8).

- (credit | BBC Sport).


Match highlights:

- (credit | Chelsea Football Club).

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Written by Ryan Bellenie (@BellenieSport).


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