With a 2-0 victory at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, Aston Villa moved above Chelsea and into the top half of the Premier League standings.
Ollie Watkins gave Villa an early advantage before John McGinn, fresh from his standout performance in Scotland’s shocking Euro 2024 victory over Spain, made it 2-0 in the 56th minute with a magnificent goal.
Chelsea was hissed off the field by their own fans at fulltime, which caused them to slip into the lowest half of the standings and put more pressure on Blues boss Graham Potter.
Villa have now earned 16 points on the road, a total matched only by winners Manchester City during that time. This was the Birmingham club’s fifth away victory since Unai Emery took over as boss in October.
Chelsea’s 10 league victories this season have all come against teams in the lowest half of the standings, but this defeat caused them to fall to 11th.
Aston Villa increased its position and is now in ninth place, one point behind Liverpool in eighth and just two points outside of a European spot.
Soon after the game began, Emery’s team nearly gave Chelsea the lead when goalie Emiliano Martinez passed the ball short to Boubacar Kamara, who was taken out of the game by Mykhailo Mudryk.
However, Martinez stopped the Ukrainian when they were one-on-one with the World Cup champion from Argentina.
Villa came back immediately, with Watkins dragging a shot wide before McGinn curled a shot that struck the woodwork in the 15th minute.
But in the 18th minute, the in-form Watkins scored the game’s first goal by capitalizing on a careless shot from Chelsea goalie Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Martinez maintained Villa’s advantage by blocking Kai Havertz with a low dive to his left.
Despite being in the lead and playing beautiful, offensive football, Chelsea was unable to capitalize on their efforts.
Compared to Chelsea’s 27, Villa had only five attempts on goal for the entire game, but crucially, they converted on two of them.
McGinn, the skipper of Aston Villa, increased the advantage with a stylish looping attempt from 25 yards out.
N’Golo Kante, a 2018 World Cup champion with France, came off the substitute in the 57th minute to make his first professional game for the Blues under Potter after being injured since August, which was the only solace for the Blues. Chelsea fought diligently but barely threatened to score.