Tammy Abraham claimed a goal and an assist against former club Aston Villa, while Willian excelled, as Chelsea responded to back-to-back Premier League defeats by deservedly beating Aston Villa 2-1 on John Terry’s return to Stamford Bridge.
Abraham, who scored 26 times on loan to help Villa to promotion last season, returned from a hip injury on Wednesday and claimed his 11th Premier League goal of a brilliant breakthrough campaign to put Chelsea ahead after 24 minutes.
Trezeguet rounded off a fine move in somewhat comedic fashion to pull Villa level before the break, but a wonderful Mason Mount volley – from Abraham’s chested lay-off – restored the home side’s lead early in the second half.
With Willian superb, Chelsea were unable to claim the additional goals they merited as a host of further chances went begging, but boss Frank Lampard could still be happy with a much-needed three points.
In the wake of successive losses to Manchester City and West Ham, his only real concern being the sight of Abraham limping off in the closing minutes.
Villa, sitting perilously close to the relegation zone, were far too passive early on and could have few complaints when they fell behind.
Abraham, absent for his side’s below-par display against West Ham, was left unmarked to head home a Reece James cross, having been played onside by Ahmed El Mohamady.
Chelsea struggled to build on their breakthrough, though, and they were punished shortly before the interval.
A flowing Villa move ended with El Mohamady delivering a teasing ball, which Trezeguet fortuitously bundled into the net after initially heading down on to his own legs.
It took less than three minutes of the second half for Chelsea to retake the lead, Mount showing superb technique with a volley after Willian’s cross had been chested down by Abraham
The hosts could have scored several more as Willian continued to run Villa ragged and the Brazilian was only denied a goal of his own when Tom Heaton – Villa’s best player – made a spectacular save to tip a free-kick onto his left-hand post.
MATCH FACTS AND STATS
CHELSEA (4-2-3-1): Kepa 6; James 7, Christensen 6, Zouma 6.5, Azpilicueta 6; Kante 6.5, Kovacic 7; Willian 8 (Jorginho 90+1), Mount 7, Pulisic 6.5 (Hudson-Odoi 85); Abraham 7.5 (Batshuayi 82).
GOALS: Abraham 24, Mount 48
BOOKINGS: Mount, Kovacic
SUBS: Caballero, Emerson, Tomori, Jorginho, Giroud.
MANAGER: Frank Lampard 6
ASTON VILLA (4-3-3) Heaton 7.5; Elmohamady 6.5, Konsa 6, Mings 6.5, Targett 5; McGinn 6, Nakamba 6.5, Hourihane 5 (Luiz 58, 6); Trezeguet 6.5 (Jota 76, 5), Wesley 6, Grealish 6.5.
GOALS: Trezeguet 41
SUBS: Nyland, Taylor, Lansbury, Engels, Kodija
MANAGER: Dean Smith 6
REF: Chris Kavanagh 6