The Debrief: Clinical attack and resolute defence secured three points against Aston Villa

After the break, Kovacic got his name on the scoresheet by capitalising on an underhit back pass by Tyrone Mings, before Lukaku made it three with a powerful strike from the edge of the box, while on the few occasions Villa found a way through the Blues defence they were thwarted by the imperious Edouard Mendy.

Ruthless Romelu

It is a clear sign of how clinical Chelsea, and Lukaku in particular, were against Aston Villa that, despite our opponents having more shots, 18 to our 12, and shots on target, six to four, we ended the match with three goals, while they had nothing to show for their efforts.

That figure of three goals from just four shots on target was an impressive tally from the Blues, but Lukaku went even better with a total of two shots and two goals, giving him a 100 per cent conversion rate. That also meant that while Villa players had more shots overall, with Ollie Watkins having six on his own, nobody on either team bettered Lukaku’s two shots on target. Strikers don’t get much more efficient than that.