Frank Lampard’s side are now five points clear of fifth-place in the Premier League after coming from behind to beat Aston Villa.
Over the past week, all most Chelsea fans have been talking about are next season and how new £47.5 million ($59m) signing Timo Werner will fit in Stamford Bridge alongside fellow new-boy Hakim Ziyech.
But on their return to action against Aston Villa after 105 days since their last competitive action, it was the club’s most recent big-money signing who kickstarted a comeback that puts the Blues well in control of the race to finish in the Premier League’s top-four.
Christian Pulisic’s close-range finish on the hour was followed two minutes later by Olivier Giroud finding the net as Frank Lampard’s side recovered from falling behind against the run of play to Kourtney Hause’s strike late in the first half.
The 2-1 win increases the gap on Manchester United and Wolves in fifth and sixth respectively to five points ahead of Manchester City‘s arrival at Stamford Bridge on Thursday, though the west London outfit will have to be far more ruthless at both ends of the pitch against Pep Guardiola’s side than they were in the opening 45 minutes against Villa.
Chelsea dominated possession against Dean Smith’s relegation-threatened outfit but struggled to find any kind of penetration in the final third.