Chelsea ratings: Lukaku shows he can be Tuchel's game changer but James has worst 45 mins of Blues career

CHELSEA fought back to keep up the pressure on Manchester City and Liverpool.

The Blues fought back to get three points with victory over Aston Villa in the Premier League.

It was Romelu Lukaku who changed the match with a goal, as well as winning a penalty.

It's why Simon Phillips called him the decisive factor in the 3-1 win at Villa Park. Here's how he rated them.

Edouard Mendy – 7

He made a couple of good interceptions to stop Villa attacks and had a couple of saves to make to keep Chelsea in the game throughout really. 

Trevoh Chalobah – 7

It was a little on and off from him at times but in general he was good and made some very good blocks and interceptions when needed. Villa were fast and heavily populated attacking down his side on the break so it was a tough one for Trevoh.

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Thiago Silva – 8

If only Chelsea had 10 Thiago Silva's and they would never lose a game again. Class again from him and one of Chelsea's few top class performers today.

Antonio Rudiger – 6

He was pretty quiet and wasn't quite with it, perhaps with his mind elsewhere. But you don't know, and he did what he needed to do largely and defended well.

Reece James – 5

The first 45 minutes for him was probably the worst I've seen James play in a Chelsea shirt but that is OK and that does happen. He started to come into the game a bit more as it went on and to be honest you cannot fault him for the own goal.

Jorginho – 6

He took his penalties superbly but he was far too vulnerable in defence and on transition when Villa were counter attacking with pace, he was cut through too easily at times and allowed Villa to threaten.

N'Golo Kante – 6

Kante was also very quiet in the first half and didn't really do his defensive responsibilities as he usually does. He carried the ball forward well but he wasn't very dominant like he usually is.

Marcos Alonso – 6

Didn't do a lot wrong but he is often vulnerable with his pace defensively and Villa are a very quick team. His attacking decisions were pretty poor as well, making crosses to Pulisic who is not going to win anything in the air.

Callum Hudson-Odoi – 8

Chelsea's brightest spark in attack probably and he was the one who won Chelsea a penalty to get back into it. He then set up Lukaku to put Chelsea in front in the second half, the best Blues player to make things happen here tonight.

Mason Mount – 6

Quiet first 45 minutes for him as well even though he did have one long range cross that almost dipped in. He also missed a golden opportunity to put Chelsea two goals ahead and put the game to bed but missed.

Christian Pulisic – 6

Through no fault of his own he had a terrible first 45 minutes, he is not suited at all to playing as a number 9. He switched to right wing back in the second half and looked so much better.

SUBS

Romelu Lukaku for Chalobah (HT) – 9

Came on and looked so hungry, got a great goal glancing a header into the net to put Chelsea ahead, and won a late penalty.

Andreas Christensen for Silva (51 mins) – 7

Came on for the injured Silva and had big boots to fill but did a decent job.

Mateo Kovacic for Kante (62 mins) – 7

Very lively when he came one and battled very hard for Chelsea.

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