ON THIS DAY 20 YEARS AGO: ASTON VILLA 0-3 CHELSEA

As we now take a break from the Premier League for the Euro 2020 Qualifiers I thought it was a perfect time to revisit a moment in Chelsea’s history from 20 years ago.

A Premier League game between Aston Villa and Chelsea at Villa Park back then was a big game. During the 1998/99 season Aston Villa led at the top of the table earlier on in the season and John Gregory and his team were impressing many.

Chelsea won the UEFA Super Cup earlier in the season defeating Real Madrid. Picture via chelseafc.com

Chelsea had a fantastic season with many feeling if it wasn’t for injuries to key players Tore Andre Flo and Gustavo Poyet around Christmas time Chelsea could have won the Premier League. Chelsea lost only 3 league games during this season and finished in third position (qualification to the UEFA Champions League) only four points behind winners Manchester United. As for Aston Villa their league season did fizzle out but still finished in a respectable sixth position.

The game itself was set up for a classic on Sunday 21st March 1999. It was an early kick off at Villa Park and broadcasted live on Sky Sports.

Official Match Day Programme

Chelsea Team:

De Goey, Le Saux, Desailly, Leboeuf, Ferrer, Petrescu (Lambourde 78), Morris, Wise, Goldbaek, Zola, Flo (Nicholls 90)

Result: Aston Villa 0-3 Chelsea

Chelsea Goals: Flo (59, 90), Goldbaek (86)

Attendance: 39,217

The Game:

Chelsea started the game very well but couldn’t find the net in the first half. Villa had goalkeeper Mark Bosnich to thank as he denied both Tore Andre Flo and Gianfranco Zola.

Picture via gettyimages.com

Chelsea were playing some excellent football and there was a feeling the opening goal would eventually come. The Chelsea breakthrough finally happened on 59 minutes. A fantastic pass from Albert Ferrer put Flo through on the right hand side. Fending off Gareth Southgate a clever touch allowed Flo to curl a low shot into the far corner. 1-0 to Chelsea!

Picture via gettyimages.com

Chelsea had a wobbly moment when out of character Marcel Desailly gave the ball away in a dangerous position but Aston Villa were unable to capitalise.

Chelsea made it 2-0 in the 86th minute with Bjarne Goldbaek smashing home from close range after a fantastic ball from Flo.

Picture via standard.co.uk

Chelsea finished the game in injury time with Flo scoring his second of the match. A great pass from Jody Morris allowed Flo to round goalkeeper Bosnich to make the game 3-0!

Picture via dreamteamfc.com

A great emphatic 3-0 away victory for Chelsea and one to remember from 20 years ago.

Written By Chris Wright

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