Terrace View – Blues hit Eight past sorry Villa -By Billie Marshall

Chelsea hit eight goals to reclaim third place in the premier league with an emphatic victory over Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge.

Fernando Torres continued his recent turnaround with another goal, while David Luiz struck a thunderous free-kick and Branislav Ivanovic scored from close range to give Chelsea breathing space.

A returning Frank Lampard hit a low strike, and goals from Ramires, Oscar and Eden Hazard completed the rout.

Victory gave Rafael Benitez his first home victory as Chelsea manager since his controversial appointment following the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo.

Despite the usual 16th minute Di Matteo tribute, Benitez wouldn’t have done his chances of turning the Chelsea faithful any harm as Chelsea eased to victory.

Chelsea were ahead inside three minutes. Patient build up play found Azpilicueta on the right to swing the ball in for Torres to head wonderfully beyond Brad Guzan.

It was the striker’s seventh goal in nine games under Benitez.

Chelsea were controlling the game, and were rewarded on the half hour mark. David Luiz, excelling in his new role of central midfield, hitting a Ronaldo-esque free-kick into the top corner.

With Aston Villa struggling to get a foothold into the game, Chelsea threatened to run riot, with Luiz and Juan Mata both having long range strikes blocked in a dominant first half for the home side.

Branislav Ivanovic all but put the game to bed when he turned in a rebound from close range, after a turn and shot initially from Gary Cahill could only be palmed out by Villa goalkeeper Guzan.

The second half continued in the same manner, with Chelsea threatening to make the score line embarrassing. After good saves from Guzan, Chelsea made it four.

The returning Frank Lampard on his 500th premier league start hit a trademark low strike.

Chelsea continued to come forward and looked hungry for more goals. Substitute Lucas Piazon, making his first appearance for the blues in the Premier League, set up Ramires to put the ball through the legs of Brad Guzan.

Oscar scored a penalty before Eden Hazard hit a neat finish across Guzan into the top corner. Lucas Piazon missed a late penalty but Ramires scored his second of the night to compound an embarrassing day for Aston Villa.

Aston Villa’s only real effort came when Weimann struck the crossbar after a clever ball from substitute Stephen Ireland, but overall it was a day to forgot for the Villains.

It is a reality check for Paul Lamberts young Villa side, who come back to earth with a thud, in a match that could easily have hit double figures, after the victory over Liverpool in their previous outing.

Chelsea will see the result as a step in the right direction, with signs of improvement under Benitez, it will give the blues confidence going into the busy Christmas period.

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