Romelu Lukaku scored for the first time in Stamford Bridge
seal a 3-0 win against Aston Villa on Saturday.
After scoring on his second Chelsea debut in the win at Arsenal in August, Lukaku
made it three goals from three appearances with a pair of predatory strikes.
Lukaku, who previously played for Chelsea from 2011 to 2014, is back with the Blues
following his club-record £98 million ($135 million) move from Inter Milan in the
The 28-year-old had never netted in front of Chelsea’s home fans before, but he
ended that drought in the first half to the delight of the 40,000 capacity crowd.
Mateo Kovacic scored Chelsea’s second goal and Lukaku struck again in the final
moments as the European champions made it three wins from their first four league
Thomas Tuchel’s side are second in the Premier League, behind leaders Manchester
United on goals scored.
Chelsea are only the second club, after Manchester United, to win 600 Premier
Saul Niguez made his Chelsea debut after his deadline day move from Atletico Madrid
as Tuchel made six changes from the 1-1 draw at Liverpool before the international
There were rare starts for Callum Hudson-Odoi and Hakim Ziyech, while Marcos
Alonso captained the Blues for the first time.
Despite the much-changed line-up, Chelsea made a vibrant start.
Tuchel’s men were inches away from an early goal when a corner was cleared off the
line by Ezri Konsa, with the ball rebounding to safety via the crossbar.
They didn’t have to wait long to open the scoring as Lukaku struck in the 15th
Kovacic played a superb through-ball towards Lukaku and sprinted into the Villa
area, turned inside Axel Tuanzebe, and drilled a fine low finish past Jed Steer.
The scoreline doesn’t reflect the match, and on another day Villa could have had
three goals themselves. But the hosts aren’t champions of Europe for nothing and
were simply more efficient in the clutch moments.