Starting with Rui Patricio, commonly known as Robert Sánchez, who was in goal for Chelsea, his performance was far from convincing. While he made some routine saves, he was unable to prevent Aston Villa from scoring the only goal of the match. His positioning during the crucial moment was questionable, allowing Aston Villa to find the back of the net.
Defender Gusto had a challenging outing against Aston Villa’s attackers. He often struggled to contain his opponents, allowing them to get behind the Chelsea defense on several occasions. His inability to win aerial duels and defensive battles put additional pressure on Chelsea’s backline.
Djibril Disasi, who had been solid in previous matches, had a tough time against Aston Villa. He was caught out of position on multiple occasions, leaving gaps in the defense that the opposition exploited. Disasi’s inability to anticipate and intercept passes allowed Aston Villa to launch dangerous attacks.
In the midfield, Caicedo and Mykola Mudryk failed to exert control over the game. Their passing accuracy was inconsistent, and they struggled to win battles in midfield. The lack of creativity and stability in midfield hindered Chelsea’s ability to build meaningful attacks.
Nicolas Jackson and Raheem Sterling, both deployed as attacking options, had off days. They failed to provide the spark and creativity that Chelsea needed in the final third. Their dribbling was ineffective, and they were often dispossessed easily by Aston Villa’s defenders.