With the Premier League return just around the corner, we can look forward to seeing Chelsea take on Aston Villa at Villa Park. Over the years Chelsea have had some good memories there, with some extremely important wins. It is true that for thirteen years (yes thirteen) we only won once there, but Villa had some good teams in early 2000’s and many teams struggled there. The tide has definitely turned in terms of the games since that awful run and we all expect the Blues to come through again this Sunday. But until then, here’s the five best moments from Chelsea at Villa Park.
Chelsea Gain Revenge Over Villa
31st March 2012
In a season that was the epitome of a tale of two halves, Chelsea managed to pick up a good win on the road against Villa, gaining revenge for the defeat earlier in the season at home. In what was a goal fest, Chelsea went 2-0 up with goals from Daniel Sturridge and Ivanovic. Before being pegged back by James Collins and Eric Lichaj.
Ivanovic bundled in another one to give Chelsea the lead and then Fernando Torres bagged one on the break (as he would do a few weeks later) with a fine finish to take all three points. His first goal in the league for six months and the win was only Chelsea’s second in 13 years at Villa Park.
Lampard Breaks Goal Record
11th May 2013
An iconic day in Frank Lampard and Chelsea’s history. The day the Chelsea goal scoring record was broken by a man born in East London. Scoring his 202nd and 203rd Chelsea goals saw him break Bobby Tambling’s record as he celebrated with the Chelsea fans in an emotional, historic moment.
Christian Benteke scored a goal that was typical of the Belgium striker at the time – bullying the Chelsea defenders in a powerful run before finishing. Benteke then saw red; and Lampard dispatched a Hazard cross from a typical Lampard late run, before scoring a powerful left foot strike from the edge of the box to create history.
Ivanvoic Nets Key Winner
7th February 2015
With the Blues on course for their first title in five years at the time of the game, Aston Villa away was a must win away game for the Blues. With Manchester City hot on their tails, Mourinho’s men showed the steel of champions. Hazard opened the scoring with a good finish from a Willian assist. But then Villa equalised with what was then their first goal for nearly 2 months.
Showing the steel of champions to be, a late winner from Branislav Ivanovic claimed all three points with a fine left foot strike from the inside the box. A clutch goal from a player who delivered for the Blues time and time again.
Big Away Win At Villa Park
21st March 1999
Over 20 years ago now, but the league in the 1998/99 season was a tight one for a long time before Manchester United pulled away to win their historic treble. Aston Villa were leaders for a while and there a side impressing many. Chelsea were also high performers, with a team full of talent and experience, keen to throw their hat into the title conversation.
With a team that featured the likes of Giafranco Zola, Jody Morris, Marcel Desailly and Dennis Wise, this was a serious team. Two goals from giant Tore Andre Flo and one from Bjarne Goldbæk secured all three points at Villa Park as Chelsea finished third, only four points behind winners United. Many believe if injuries hadn’t disrupted Gus Poyet and Flo, then Chelsea could have won the league. Nevertheless, a fine away win from the Blues.
Pato’s Only Chelsea Goal
2nd April 2016
I apologise for even mentioning the 2015/16 season, but this was a good win away at Villa Park. Guus Hiddink’s men triumphed with goals from Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Alexandre Pato and a double from Pedro. With a matchday squad including the likes of Matt Miazga, Baba Rahman, Kenedy, Jake Clarke-Salter, Bertrand Traore and, of course, Pato; it was a certainly strange matchday.
It’s strange to think Chelsea football club had a matchday squad as bizarre as this with Pato converting his penalty and celebrating with extreme passion, like he was going to have a career at Stamford Bridge, but of course that was the only goal he managed. To think that we had Falcao and Pato in the same squad, just years out of their prime. What was even stranger was Chelsea were lifting the Premier League title the following season.