When Frank Lampard smashed home the winning goal against Stoke last month to complete a miraculous comeback, the turnaround looked set to be a pivotal moment in the Bluesâ€™ so far faltering season.
In the build up to this vital clash, Aston Villa manager Martin Oâ€™Neill said that Chelsea had to beat his side to stand any chance of winning the title. Nicolas Anelkaâ€™s first half goal ensured that the Blues still have faint hope of taking the title back to Stamford Bridge.
The Frenchman struck in the 19th minute and Chelsea dominated the first half. Villa rallied after the break, but a lack of quality in the final third ensured that Chelsea held on for a vital three points that lifts them back into third.
After a week dominated by the latest bout of managerial turmoil in West London, the focus was switched back to matters on the pitch. A quick-fire Nicolas Anelka hat trick gave Chelsea a deserved victory over Watford in front of their new manager Guus Hiddink.
One clear conclusion that can be drawn from the sacking of Luiz Felipe Scolari after just over 7 months in charge at Chelsea is that Jose Mourinhoâ€™s shadow still looms large over Stamford Bridge.
The Chelsea fans massed inside Stamford Bridge made their feelings very clear after they saw their draw 0-0 with Hull City this afternoon. As the increasingly beleaguered Luiz Felipe Scolari got up out of his seat and made his way down the tunnel, he did so with a loud chorus of boos ringing in his ears.