Post Match analysis as Chelsea was held to a 1-1 draw against Aston Villa in the Premier League at Stanford Bridge on Monday 28/12/2020
Chelsea needed to bounce back in this game after a third loss in four on Saturday, but it were the in-form visitors who started on a more positive note.
Chelsea was really great going forward all time from the very start of the game.
First Half: Chelsea 1-0 Aston Villa
In the first half of the game, Chelsea was so dangerous forward using their left flank with Ben Chiwell being a pivotal point to setup crosses to Olivier Giroud who is so good in the air.
Aston Villa however despite being flat in most of the first half failed to seal off spaces at which Ben Chiwell could set up a cross. We often saw Bertrand Traore staying up high while Chiwell terrorize his defensive territory. This was exactly the case which led to Chiwell setting up Olivier Giroud’s near post bullet header goal.
Chelsea’s front three did well in the first half while regularly bringing Ben Chiwell in the game upfront till the break.
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Second Half: Chelsea 0-1 Aston Villa
Chelsea’s 1-0 lead in the first half did not stay in the second half as Aston Villa took advantage of a one less [Andreas Christensen] and a moment of disorganization at the back after Andreas Christensen had stayed down following a step up and a missed interception and a coming together with Jack Grealish. The situation should have looked like a foul on Andreas Christensen though VAR wasn’t consulted.
Chelsea responded well enough to the equalizer. They dialed up the pressure as Aston Villa retained their flat shape. Chelsea even managed to score again but was ruled offside (rightly) after a scramble from a corner found an offside Pulisic.
Chelsea continued to look for the equalizer, but never quite managed to create a telling chance. Werner came close with a shot from a loose ball, while a Chilwell’s volley grazed the outside in the dieing minutes of the game.
Aston Villa were happy enough with a point after defending for most of the game since equalizing, and they even managed to hit the woodwork from 30 yards from a McGinn thunder bolts.