Chelsea manager Frank Lampard was full of praise for goalscorers Christian Pulisic and Willian following their heroics in the 2-1 win over Manchester City on Thursday.
Pulisic opened the scoring for the London side on the 36th minute with a beautiful solo run from deep in their half, taking advantage of Ilkay Gundogan and Benjamin Mendy's confusion in the center circle to race clear and slot past Ederson.
Kevin de Bruyne equalized 10 minutes into the second half with a sumptuous freekick, but the Blues had the last laugh as Willian scored the winner from the spot after Fernandhinho cleared a goal-bound ball with his hands.
The Brazilian was sent off to make the work easy for the Blues, who wrapped up their second win of Premier League return.
Lampard heaped praise on the duo and revealed his admiration for the former Borussia Dortmund man, who impressed and scored his second in as many games.
"Christian came in last summer, and he didn’t really get a break. When he got in the team he was doing really well and then he got a really tough injury,"
"I wanted to protect him a bit against Villa and see if he could make an impact. He did that. I always planned to start him against City because I know what he can bring in these sorts of games. He brought it and did really well. He’s a young player, he’s got so much talent, and he needs to keep working. He can get better and better,"
Willian, who is out of contract at the end of the current campaign, has been one of the star performers of the season, and he got a special mention.
"I’m delighted with Willian. He’s been great for me this season. The players look up to him. He’s a senior professional in the group. He has the quality and work ethic and it was a continuation of his form in big parts of the season,"
The win meant the Blues held on to their fourth-spot while also opening a five-point gap between them and fifth-placed Manchester United.
Their attention now shifts to the FA Cup tie against Leicester City on Sunday.