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Traore And McGinn Get 7 | Aston Villa Players Rated In Disappointing Defeat Vs Chelsea

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Abhinab Ghosh
A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

Aston Villa faced off against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge earlier this evening as they looked to pull off a major upset away from home. The Villans made a nightmare start to the game as they conceded the opening goal in the 15th minute when Romelu Lukaku scored with a clinical finish which was enough to give Chelsea a narrow 1-0 lead at half-time.

Mateo Kovacic pounced on a defensive mistake by Tyrone Mings to score early in the second half. Lukaku put the icing on the cake for the West London giants by scoring another goal in injury-time as the Villans ended up losing the contest by a 3-0 scoreline.

Let’s take a look at how each Aston Villa player performed during the clash against the Blues.

GK: Jed Steer – 5.5/10

The Villans keeper made one save in the game but will be disappointed after conceding three goals during the 90 minutes.

RB: Matty Cash – 6/10

Cash did his fair share of defending but it was not enough for his team to get anything out of this clash.

CB: Ezri Konsa – 7/10

He was a rock at the back as he made plenty of crucial clearances throughout the game. However, his good work defensively was not enough in the end.

CB: Axel Tuanzebe – 6/10

Tuanzebe put in a battling display on the defensive end of the field. But he couldn’t do much about Lukaku who bested him quite a few times during the game.

Aston Villa player ratings vs Chelsea (Aston Villa's Tyrone Mings is seen in the picture)
London, England, 11th September 2021. Tyrone Mings of Aston Villa and Romelu Lukaku of Chelsea challenge for the ball during the Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London. Picture credit should read: Paul Terry / Sportimage PUBLICATIONxNOTxINxUK SPI-1177-0019

CB: Tyrone Mings – 4/10

Mings made a huge mistake to gift Kovacic a goal early in the second half. He was also at fault in the lead-up to Lukaku’s second goal.

LB: Matt Targett – 6/10

Targett had to defend a lot and only managed to make one good chance in the opposition half.

CM: Jacob Ramsey – 6.5/10

He was not afraid of the occasion and produced an eye-catching display at the centre of the park. He caused a lot of problems for Chelsea in the final third but was substituted in the 55th minute.

CM: Douglas Luiz – 6/10

The Brazilian talent struggled to get a foothold in the game and failed to offer enough protection for his teammates at the back.

CM: John McGinn – 7/10

The Scottish midfielder was full of energy as usual and managed to create quite a few inviting opportunities for his teammates. He also worked hard defensively inside the Villa half.

ST: Danny Ings – 5/10

Ings hardly got a sniff at goal and had a frustrating outing at Stamford Bridge. He was marked out of the game by the Chelsea centre-backs.

ST: Ollie Watkins – 7/10

He made a lot of good runs with the ball and was a constant menace for the opposition defenders. He was always willing to have a shot but failed to register a goal.


CAM: Leon Bailey – 6/10

Bailey added some pace to Dean Smith’s attack.

RW: Bertrand Traore – 6/10

Traore didn’t get enough chances to find the back of the net.

CM: Marvelous Nakamba – 6/10

He added some energy to the Villans’ midfield.

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