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Chelsea player ratings vs Aston Villa: one 4/10 and plenty 5s in ‘troubling’ 1-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge

Malo Gusto of Chelsea is sent off after a foul on Lucas Digne of Aston Villa during the Premier League match (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
Malo Gusto of Chelsea is sent off after a foul on Lucas Digne of Aston Villa during the Premier League match (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins's first goal of the season condemned Chelsea to their third defeat of the season in six games, and the second loss at Stamford already.

The defeat also condemned Chelsea to their worst start to a top-flight season for the first time since 1978, and that season they got relegated. Not that they are in danger of going down but their start to the campaign has been disturbing.

Chelsea had only scored five goals in the Premier League so far, highlighting the need for goals coming into this game- but the sending off of Malo Gusto in the second half meant it was mission impossible.

Jackson will always get chances because he runs so well and knows when to drop deep and run in behind. but just needs to polish his finishing.
Jackson will always get chances because he runs so well and knows when to drop deep and run in behind. but just needs to polish his finishing.

The Blues started the game with so much intent and intensity but with just one shot on target in the first 40 minutes and that came from the returning Moises Caicedo early on in the game.

Two brilliant saves from Robert Sanchez in the first half both spectacular, from Lucas Digne and Nicolo Zaniola kept the scoreline at 0-0 with Chelsea dominating proceedings while Aston Villa had the best chances.

But it was in the second half that the game changed with Malo Gusto’s red card swinging the game’s possession in favour of the visitors and eventually the win.

The tackle was first seen as a yellow card but VAR then intervened and told the referee to go to the monitor for what was eventually seen as dangerous play.

Sliced a chance from about eight yards. Not the easiest of finishes but he needs to do better attacking-wise. Hooked early in the second half.
Sliced a chance from about eight yards. Not the easiest of finishes but he needs to do better attacking-wise. Hooked early in the second half.

Ben Chiwell got a good chance to bring Chelsea back into the game after Palmer lopped a pass to him but Emiliano Martinez went down to save brilliantly from the England left-back.

The Blues had half chances to try and make it work as Pochettino made attacking changes to try and get his team back into it but Villa held on for the win.

Defensively good but attacking wise he needs to get tight with his passes. Unlucky not to have prevented the Villa goal....
Defensively good but attacking wise he needs to get tight with his passes. Unlucky not to have prevented the Villa goal....
He’s been playing well given he didn’t even expect to get the number of games he’s got now. Sent off in the second half for foul on Digne.
He’s been playing well given he didn’t even expect to get the number of games he’s got now. Sent off in the second half for foul on Digne.
Starting only his second consecutive game for Chelsea. Used his strength which is his pace quite well. Sacrificed after the red card.
Starting only his second consecutive game for Chelsea. Used his strength which is his pace quite well. Sacrificed after the red card.
As has often been the case this season Sterling looked bright at the start of the game. Played well without scoring.
As has often been the case this season Sterling looked bright at the start of the game. Played well without scoring.
There is a reason why he starts for Chelsea under every manager. Looked full of energy and just never ever stops running.
There is a reason why he starts for Chelsea under every manager. Looked full of energy and just never ever stops running.
It was refreshing to see him starting after missing the game against Bournemouth. Not his fault they lost.
It was refreshing to see him starting after missing the game against Bournemouth. Not his fault they lost.
Terrific save from Lucas Digne in the first half. Then just continued to impress with his handling. Could have done better for the Villa goal.
Terrific save from Lucas Digne in the first half. Then just continued to impress with his handling. Could have done better for the Villa goal.
At 39, still one f the best defenders in the game, even if he’s not the most mobile at the moment. Was at fault for the Villa goal as he lost the ball.
At 39, still one f the best defenders in the game, even if he’s not the most mobile at the moment. Was at fault for the Villa goal as he lost the ball.
Another defender who played well. Thought he equalised with a header but called it back.
Another defender who played well. Thought he equalised with a header but called it back.
Malo Gusto of Chelsea is sent off after a foul on Lucas Digne of Aston Villa during the Premier League match (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
Malo Gusto of Chelsea is sent off after a foul on Lucas Digne of Aston Villa during the Premier League match (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)