Chelsea came from behind to defeat struggling Aston Villa 2-1 at Villa Park as The Blues made their long-awaited Premier League return this afternoon.
Despite Frank Lampard’s side dominating the proceedings, they found themselves 1-0 down at the break with Kortney Hause firing home the opener for Villa. Chelsea fought back in the second period with Christian Pulisic and Olivier Giroud on target.
Chelsea started well and home keeper Orjan Nyland was forced into two excellent quick-fire saves to deny both Mason Mount and Mateo Kovacic.
Villa fought their way into the match and Blues keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga saved well from an Anwar El Ghazi effort before John McGinn headed an effort wide across goal.
Chelsea were to go into the break behind. A Douglas Luiz cross was met by Hause and while his initial effort was saved by Arrizabalaga, the Villa defender scrambled the ball home at the second attempt.
The South West Londoners were level 15 minutes into the second period when Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross was met by Pulisic at the back post who prodded the ball into the roof of the Villa net.
Two minutes later, the comeback was complete as Giroud trapped the ball in his feet before firing his effort into the corner of the net via a deflection.
Chelsea continued to dominate the game during the final 28 minutes of the match without really troubling Nyland again as the scoreline remained at 2-1.
The Blues are back in action on Thursday evening when Manchester City are the visitors to Stamford Bridge in the Premier League.