THE NOTEBOOK: Villa fans in full voice at Chelsea after famous win
THE NOTEBOOK: Aston Villa fans in full voice at Stamford Bridge as they continue their strong record in London… while Unai Emery continues to get the best out of Ollie Watkins
- Aston Villa beat Chelsea 2-0 in their Premier League clash on Saturday
- Villa striker Ollie Watkins scored for the fifth consecutive away game
- Unai Emery’s side are now up to ninth in the league with 10 left to play
Aston Villa picked up a famous win on Saturday as they beat Chelsea 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.
A goal in each half from Ollie Watkins and John McGinn gave Unai Emery’s the three points, which took them up to ninth in the table.
Chelsea, meanwhile, are down to 11th and look to be struggling again after a recent upturn in results.
They are now a huge 21 points off the Champions League places with 10 games left to play.
Here, Sportsmail’s Gerry Cox reviews some of the aspects of the match you might have missed.
Aston Villa fans were in full voice on Saturday for a famous away win over Chelsea
Ollie Watkins opened the scoring with his fifth away goal in as many games
Visiting fans in full voice
Aston Villa fans enjoyed another day out in London, having seen their side also win at Tottenham on New Year’s day.
They outsang the home fans for most of the game, taunting Graham Potter with chants of ‘You’re getting sacked in the morning’.
They also aimed jibes at Carney Chukwuemeka who left Villa Park for Stamford Bridge last summer.
‘There’s only one greedy b*****d’ and ‘Carney, Carney what’s the score?’ rang out when the teenager warmed up as an unused substitute in front of those Villa fans at the Shed End.
Chukwuemeka must have felt hard done by, having helped Villa win the FA Youth Cup before leaving for Chelsea, the club he grew up supporting.
Chelsea announce Vialli fundraiser
One bit of good news for Chelsea fans came before kickoff when it was announced that the club will play a fundraiser in memory of Giancluca Vialli, their former striker and manager who passed away earlier this year.
Chelsea announced a fundraiser would be held in memory of Giancluca Vialli, who passed way in January
Vialli’s former team-mates Roberto Di Matteo and John Terry were on the Stamford Bridge pitch to announce they will play in a friendly later this year between Chelsea Legends and their equivalents from Bayern Munich, marking ten years since the sides met in the 2013 Champions League final.
After watching the current Blues side beaten by Aston Villa, there were plenty of fans wishing that Terry and Di Matteo were still playing.
A low ebb for the Blues
How times have changed since December 2012, when Rafael Benitez led his Chelsea side to an 8-0 win over Villa, the club’s record Premier League victory, which was also Villa’s record PL defeat.
Chelsea had the likes of Fernando Torres, Frank Lampard and Eden Hazard on the scoresheet, while Cesar Azpilicuta, the current club captain, was in the early stages of his Chelsea career.
Villa, managed by Paul Lambert, were in the relegation zone at that point but survived by the end of the season to finish 15th.
Villa excel under Emery
Villa have been transformed under Unai Emery since the Spaniard replaced Steven Gerrard last October, and only Arsenal and Manchester City have won more games in the Premier League in that period.
Only Arsenal and Man City have won more games than Villa since Unai Emery’s arrival
Chelsea reserve keeper Marcus Bettinelli has signed a new deal, casting doubts over Edouard Mendy’s future
Emery has also transformed the fortunes of Ollie Watkins who scored in his fifth successive away game, beating the modern day club record set by Dwight Yorke 25 years ago, when the Trinidad and Tobago striker scored in four straight away wins.
Bettinelli deal opens door for Mendy exit
Chelsea’s reserve goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli has signed a contract extension to the summer of 2026, making it increasingly likely that Edouard Mendy may be allowed to leave at the end of the season.
Bettinelli, who was signed from Fulham two years ago, was on the subs’ bench again yesterday and is now seen as a more reliable back-up for Kepa Arrizabalaga than Mendy, who has fallen from grace dramatically since helping Chelsea win the Champions League two years ago.
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