Chelsea v Aston Villa player ratings: Mateo Kovacic 9, Romelu Lukaku 8, Danny Ings 4

Blues claim a 3-0 win at Stamford Bridge despite plenty of chances for the visitors

Romelu Lukaku marked his return to Stamford Bridge with a lethal performance on Saturday, scoring twice for Chelsea in a 3-0 win over Aston Villa.

Lukaku, who previously played for United, Everton and West Bromwich Albion, had never scored at the ground – even during his first spell with Chelsea. But he got off the mark in his 15th appearance at the stadium when he opened the scoring.

In the 15th minute, Kovacic slithered past Villa's midfield and released Lukaku with a ball that split the away side's defence. The Belgian striker sent defender Axel Tuanzebe the wrong way before finding the bottom corner.

Kovacic got his name on the scoresheet three minutes into the second half when the Croatian midfielder pounced on a poor back pass from Tyrone Mings, chipping the oncoming goalkeeper Jed Steer to double the lead.

Lukaku got his second in stoppage time when Cesar Azpilicueta found the striker at the edge of the box where he unleashed a left-footed strike that gave Steer no chance.

Villa had their chances to score but Edouard Mendy had a stellar game in goal, making numerous saves to ensure Thomas Tuchel's side kept their third clean sheet in four matches.

The result extended Chelsea's unbeaten start to the Premier League season and moves Thomas Tuchel's European champions up to second, level on 10 points with leaders Manchester United.

Aston Villa, meanwhile, sit in 12th on four points.

Jon Turner has provided his player ratings from Stamford Bridge in the photo gallery above. To move on to the next photo, click on the arrows or if using a mobile device, simply swipe.

Updated: September 11th 2021, 7:30 PM
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