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‘Dominated’ – How the national media rated Chelsea vs Aston Villa

Aston Villa suffered their second defeat of the season when Chelsea ran out 3-0 winners at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Romelu Lukaku bagged the opener after 15 minutes when he turned Axel Tuanzebe and slotted home past Jed Steer, who replaced Emiliano Martinez in goal because of the latter needing to quarantine.

Villa put in a spirited performance despite going behind, particularly in the first half with John McGinn and Jacob Ramsey drawing praise from pundits, but shipped two more goals to the hosts.

Mateo Kovacic scored after pouncing on a loose pass from Villa captain Tyrone Mings four minutes after half-time while Lukaku scored three minutes into injury time to cap off the win for the European champions.

Villa have won once, lost two and drawn one from their four Premier League games so far.

Here’s how the national media covered the game…

Sky Sports

On his second home debut for the club Lukaku was brilliantly clinical to finish after Kovacic’s through ball on 15 minutes and, after the break, the Croatian pounced on a poor Tyrone Mings back pass to net his own maiden home goal for the club.

Villa had dominated in between those two goals, forcing Edouard Mendy into a string of fine first-half saves, while Ollie Watkins was denied by a crucial Thiago Silva block when he took it around the goalkeeper.

However, after Mings’ gift, the hosts – while still not at their best – found a measure of control and Lukaku stretched their advantage with a brilliant left-foot drive into the top corner in stoppage time to double his tally.

You can read the full piece HERE.

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BBC Sport

Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku said scoring at Stamford Bridge is something he has dreamed about since he was a child, after netting twice in Chelsea’s win over Aston Villa.

The Belgian scored his first ever goals at the stadium either side of a Mateo Kovacic strike as Thomas Tuchel’s side maintained their unbeaten start to the season.

“It’s my dream since I was 11. I’ve worked hard for this moment,” said Lukaku.

He added: “I was up and down at the start (of my career) but I’ve found a certain consistency in the last three years. With experience and hard work, I just keep on working.”

You can read the full piece HERE.

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Daily Mail

His two goals led his team to victory, his name echoed into the night and his manager hailed him as the difference in a tough contest as Romelu Lukaku made his own contribution to a homecoming Saturday.

Stealing top billing from Old Trafford was never going to be easy but his own return is going nicely to plan and, here, playing at home for the first time since his £97.5 million move from Inter Milan, he scored his first goals at Stamford Bridge, a decade after his debut in Chelsea blue.

Lukaku has returned as the finished article, a powerful striker who understands his craft and is lethal in front of goal, as illustrated by his second, little more than a half-chance, fired into the top corner with his left foot in the third minute of stoppage time.

Mateo Kovacic scored the other to produce a flattering score line. Chelsea were far from fluent and Villa, aggressive and purposeful going forward, created a wealth of chances.

You can read the full piece HERE.

Chelsea players celebrate Mateo Kovacic's goal against Villa
Chelsea players celebrate Mateo Kovacic’s goal against Villa

Press Association

Romelu Lukaku dispatched two dead-eye finishes for his first Stamford Bridge goals as Chelsea saw off Aston Villa 3-0 to move second in the Premier League.

Mateo Kovacic teed up Lukaku’s opener then later punished Tyrone Mings’ loose back-pass for a goal of his own.

Lukaku then rifled in an unstoppable left-footed strike to make it three goals in as many Premier League appearances this term, extending Chelsea’s unbeaten start to four matches.

The Blues have matched leaders Manchester United’s three wins and a draw in the new campaign, trailing the Red Devils only on goals scored.

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