Villa Expose Aggressive Chelsea

Chelsea lost two players, their manager, and the initiative in the English Premier League title race after crashing to a damaging 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa on Saturday.
The London club were looking to reassert their 9-point advantage at the top of the table after Manchester City had cut their lead to six points, but instead they fell to a cunning 82nd-minute back-heel by Fabian Delph.
The visitors finished the game with nine men after Brazilian midfielders Willian and Ramires were both sent off, while their misery was compounded in stoppage time when manager Jose Mourinho was sent to the stands.
“Defensively we were really strong. We had no problems to cope with the danger that Aston Villa has”, Mourinho told Sky Sports.
“After that, I prefer not to comment, because I don’t want to bring the game into disrepute”.
Chelsea’s fourth defeat of the campaign hands City the advantage in the title race, as Manuel Pellegrini’s side now have three games in hand.
It will also give hope to Liverpool and Arsenal, both of whom trail Chelsea by seven points and have two games in hand on Mourinho’s side.
Liverpool visit seventh-place Manchester United on Sunday, while Arsenal face a trip to north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
Asked how Chelsea’s defeat had affected the title race, Mourinho would only say: “I prefer not to speak. I prefer to say nothing”.

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