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Aston Villa 2 – 2 Chelsea Review

The Villans and the Blues, led by Unai Emery and Mauricio Pochettino respectively, share the points following a competitive and eventful draw at Villa Park on Saturday evening.

Saturday evening saw Aston Villa and Chelsea go toe to toe in what was a crucial game in the Premier League for both clubs. Starting with Unai Emery’s Aston Villa, they knew that they would increase the gap between themselves and 5th place Tottenham to 9 points with victory, albeit with Spurs having games in hand. As for the Blues, led by Head Coach Mauricio Pochettino, they would keep their hopes of European Football very much alive with all three points in B6.

A potential 9 point gap would be significant for Villa, especially if Spurs went on to be defeated by North London rivals Arsenal at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium a day later on Sunday. As for Chelsea, if results all went their way, a victory in the Second City would have seen them climb to 7th place with 50 points. They would be in the first European Qualification spot in the Premier League.

In the end, it was an enthralling and tense contest between these two clubs which saw the Villans and Chelsea share the points in what was a 2 – 2 draw at Villa Park in the end. For Villa, results did go their way with Spurs being beaten 3 – 2 in a tense and intense North London Derby against Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal on Sunday afternoon.

As a result of the point that they gained from their trip to Birmingham, Pochettino’s Blues are currently 5 points adrift of the European places, but they do have the advantage of having a game in hand on Newcastle in 7th and no less than two games in hand on West Ham United in 8th place.

The first significant opportunity of the game came the way of Villa in the first five minutes of this match, and it resulted in the opening goal of the game. A strike on goal from Scotland international midfielder John McGinn was deflected past Djordje Petrovic and into the back of the Chelsea net by the Blues’ Spanish left back for an own goal (4’).

Lucas Digne came close to doubling the home side’s advantage, but the French left full-back narrowly missed the target with his effort flew wide of the left post. He had initially received the ball from forward Morgan Rogers (8’).

Ollie Watkins then forced a save from Petrovic shortly after, before it looked as if Chelsea had punished their hosts for the missed opportunity. A ball over the top of the Villa defence found Nicolas Jackson, who managed to lob the ball over Goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez and into the back of the net. In the end, this equaliser was ruled out for a particularly narrow offside following the VAR Review (17’).

Chelsea then had another opportunity to restore parity in this match, only for an effort from Mykhailo Mudryk to miss the target with the ball going over the crossbar. This opportunity had been created when the Ukrainian international forward received a pass into his feet from Jackson (19’).

It was with almost half an hour of the game having elapsed when the Blues got their next massive opportunity, this time through midfielder Moises Caicedo. The Colombian forced a great save from Villa stopper Emiliano Martinez from close range (24’).

Cole Palmer, the top goal scorer for Chelsea with no less than 20 goals from 33 games, had the next Chelsea opportunity, but his shot was blocked by the Villa defence (29’).

Nicolas Jackson then had a great opportunity to equalise for his team, and from a corner, his header looked to be nestling into the back of the Villa net, only for the ball to hit the right post before it was cleared away by the home team (34’).

Chelsea were to be punished for missing these opportunities just before half time, when Morgan Rogers, a 2024 January signing from Middlesbrough, found the bottom left corner with a fierce, low finish from just outside of the penalty box (42’).

The half time whistle then went with home side Aston Villa 2 – 0 up going into what was set to be a crucial second half for both clubs.

Chelsea were the dominant force in the second half, and they showed this with Noni Madueke having a shot miss the target (53’), whilst Moises Caicedo forced a save from substitute goalkeeper Robin Olsen (55’). Cole Palmer then forced the Aston Villa defence into yet another block just a few moments later (58’).

The Blues’ reward for this pressure finally came in the form of a goal from Madueke with just under half an hour of the game remaining. The former PSV Eindhoven forward found the bottom left corner of the Villa net to halve the deficit for the visitors (62’).

Hosts Aston Villa did have a couple of chances to restore their two goal lead, with one of them being courtesy of the in-form Leon Bailey, who forced a great save from Djordje Petrovic with less than twenty minutes left in this contest. He had received the initial pass from goal scorer Morgan Rogers (73’).

Chelsea would go on to punish Villa with just under ten minutes of normal time in the game remaining thanks to a stunning strike from midfielder Conor Gallagher that curled into the back of the net after finding the top left corner. There was nothing that Villa’s Swedish stopper Robin Olsen could do about it (81’).

Now that parity had been restored, there was still a chance that either side could have won this very late on in this game.

When Cole Palmer went one on one with Olsen in second half stoppage time, all were expecting the net to bulge, but he was denied by the Villa Goalkeeper who managed to keep the score level. (90+4’).

Chelsea did look to have won it when Axel Disasi headed the ball into the back of the net following a cross from fellow central defender Benoit Badiashile. However, the score would go on to be ruled out, keeping it at 2 – 2 after it was deemed that Villa’s central defender Diego Carlos was fouled in the build-up to the goal (90+7’).

Then, Villa substitute forward Jhon Duran then came close to winning it for the home team after he met a cross from Lucas Digne with his head, only for the ball to fly harmlessly over the crossbar.

The final whistle then went just a few seconds later to declare this game a draw with each side collecting a point from what was an enthralling and intense contest in the Second City on Saturday night.

It was Chelsea who had the most possession over the course of this competitive contest with 71% of the ball in comparison with 29% for hosts Aston Villa. The visiting Blues also had more shots on target with 5 from their 21 finding their intended target compared with 4 on target from a total of 9 shots for Unai Emery’s Aston Villa.

This is what the Spanish Head Coach had to say following the conclusion of this match (via Aston Villa’s Official Website): “Very, very happy. I’m very happy because we achieved today playing next year in the Europa League. We were here with our supporters enjoying the moment, trying to add another challenge we have in front which is to get fourth position for Champions League.

“But, of course, playing against Chelsea, at the beginning we were winning 2-0 and it was difficult how we lost two points.

“But they deserved it and were contenders in front of us at the beginning of the season to be in the Champions League or the Europa League.”

As for Chelsea Boss Mauricio Pochettino, he had the following to say (via Chelsea’s Official Website):

“For me, the most important thing after Arsenal is that the team showed great character and personality, said Pochettino. And we showed that with the way we fight in the second half, even if we didn’t deserve to go 2-0 down in the first half.

“I think the way we change the energy and dominate a good team like Aston Villa, I think that shows everyone that we are able to compete. If you analyse the 99 minutes, I think we were the better side.

Next up for Aston Villa is the first leg of their 2023/24 UEFA Europa Conference League Semi Final against Greek Giants Olympiacos at Villa Park on Thursday 9th May in what will be a 20:00 Kick-Off. They then follow this up with a trip to the South Coast to face Roberto De Zerbi’s Brighton in their next crucial Premier League clash in a 14:00 Kick-Off on Sunday 5th May at the AMEX Stadium.

As for Chelsea, they are set to take on North London rivals Spurs in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge before going toe to toe with David Moyes’ West Ham United side, also at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League, a few days later on Sunday 5th May in what is set to be a 14:00 Kick-Off.

Excitement and anticipation are now building rapidly ahead of the closing stages of the 2023/24 Premier League season.

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