Aston Villa manager Dean Smith admitted that Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku did exactly what his £ 97.5million price tag justifies in his side’s 3-0 defeat.
The Belgian international charged twice at Stamford Bridge when the Blues finished second in the Premier League. In fact, they are level on points with Manchester United ahead of Liverpool’s clash against Leeds. Lukaku also had his own reason for playing United as he scored two goals in his second home debut like Cristiano Ronaldo.
Lukaku has now scored three goals in the Premier League in three games, with the Blues looking strong early on.
In fact, their star striker, who returned from Inter Milan this summer, was recovering from one slight injury problem he encountered during the international break.
For Villa they suffered a second defeat in four games and Smith announced his interview with Lukaku after the game.
“It was clinical. I just said you couldn’t have kept this hamstring injury a little longer, but unfortunately he said no and said he was dying to play, ”said the manager Birmingham Mail.
Chelsea looked like they had an easy win with their 3-0 result.
However, Villa had the better first half and could have scored at least one goal. Ollie Watkins and Ezri Konza had a chance to equalize after Lukaku’s opening game, but Blues stop Edouard Mendy was impressive.
“Up to the second goal I was very happy with the performance and we asked a really good team a lot of questions. We were the better team in the first half, ”added Smith.
“Part of our football was excellent, but the second goal killed the game. It felt unfair in the end. That second target was the killer.
“I’m frustrated with the result. I felt that three goals were unjust. I have the feeling that with the squad we have available, we no longer have a deep block and look for counterattacks, as we did with our first promotion.
“Now we can go and ask questions. The second gate just took the wind out of our sails while Ollie Watkins will wonder how he never met.
Smith highlights Mings, Villa Mistakes
But Villa inflicted some of her misery on herself. Indeed, England defender Tyrone Mings had a moment to forget when he narrowly sold goalkeeper Jed Steer with a back pass.
Mateo Kovacic wiped it off and hit the post with a first shot to make it 2-0.
“I have the feeling that with the quality of our squad and their athleticism, we can ask questions. I thought we did that in the second half, ”said Smith.
“Unfortunately, the second goal was a serious mistake and gave us a mountain to climb. There are certainly positives to be taken. The squad is getting better. There is a lot of trust in this group. “
Villa returns to the action next Saturday and takes on Everton at Villa Park.