The Blues’ latest trip ended in a 1-0 loss at home to Nottingham Forest, and they returned to Stamford Bridge on the heels of a 0-0 draw against Bournemouth last weekend.
Despite Mauricio Pochettino’s excitement about Moises Caicedo’s return for the encounter against Villa, the team is still winless in their last three outings.
Chelsea, as they have in many games over the past few months, wasted numerous opportunities in the first half.
The score remained scoreless going into halftime, with the first half ending unusually early by more than 60 seconds.
Just before the hour mark, Malo Gusto was sent off for his challenge on Lucas Digne, leaving Chelsea with 10 me𝚗.It looked like he won the ball, but a video review official called off the play because of his follow through on a teammate.
Because of this, Pochettino substituted Mykhailo Mudryk for Ben Chilwell, despite the fact that Mudryk had been playing well.
After going down to 10 me𝚗, Chelsea were actually the superior team, though only briefly as Villa took the lead.
Watkins was put through on goal, but Levi Colwill was able to block his first shot. However, on his second attempt, Watkins found the bottom corner.
The away crowd went wild as their team, which had been struggling for much of the game, suԀԀenly took the lead.
With time running out, Chelsea made one last attempt to pressure the Villa goal, but their efforts were fruitless, as they suffered their third loss of the season.
The team is now in 14th place, only four points above the relegation zone, and there are few signs of improvement under Pochettino’s term.
At the final whistle, boos could be heard from the stands as Blues supporters voiced their displeasure with their team’s performance.