REJUVENATED: Fernando Torres (right) celebrates with Victor Moses after opening the scoring at Stamford Bridge today
CHRISTMAS CAME early for Chelsea in their clash against Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge with the Blues registering an emphatic 8-0 victory.
Boss Rafa Benitez was in a particularly jovial mood in the post match press conference where he saluted the seven different Chelsea goal scorers who had helped put the gloss on what was an easy victory.
Villa simply had no response to the ruthless nature of Chelsea’s assault and the visitors performance can only be described as abject.
Devoid of any belief or desire, once the score had reached four nil, the Chelsea faithful let Paul Lambert’s hapless side know what they thought by singing ‘they should have gone Christmas shopping.'
Striker Fernado Torres got the ball rolling after just three minutes by scoring his 14th goal of the season, making it seven goals in six games for him. The Spanish player looked lively all game and was frustrated by the fact he didn’t add to the tally by the time he was hauled off by Benitez in the 67th minute.
In truth the game was over as a spectacle by half-time. Chelsea, with man-of-the-match Frank Lampard marauding in midfield, were a very efficient outfit today.
Even David Luiz, who often looks out of sorts in the Premier League, added his name to the score sheet with a wonderfully executed freekick from 20 yards. The 25 year-old Brazilian was the perfect partner for Lampard in the middle of the park today and his performance was made to look all the more scintillating by the fact Villa were missing in action.
The away team will do well to write this game off and kick on quickly from here for it was hard to see any positives.
Many had come to see young striker Christian Benteke pit himself against one of the division's more accommodating defences only to be disappointed by the lack of service the big man received and the fact that he was offside a total of nine times throughout the game.
It summed up Villa’s lack of huff and puff and although there were a little more sprightly in the first ten minutes of the second half, the damage had been done and but for their goal keeper - Brad Guzan - by the end it could have been a much more embarrassing defeat that it was.
Conceding two penalties didn’t help matters for Villa and despite Lucas Piazon’s 12 yard effort being tipped over by Guzan, you couldn’t help feeling that a number of the away team's players had given up.
Chelsea have Wigan up next at home and Benitez will see this game as a real opportunity to continue the good form which has seen them win five of their last six games.
Sitting third in the Premier League, eleven points off the league leaders Manchester United with a game in hand, Benitez won’t have given up the hope of mounting a title push yet and playing like this nothing should be ruled out.