Chelsea overcame obdurate opposition from Aston Villa to secure a hard-fought 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday that maintained their early momentum in the fledgling Premier League season.
Chelsea's Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho gestures during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge in London on August 21, 2013. Chelsea won 2-1.
Breezy 2-0 victors over Hull City in their opening game on Sunday, Chelsea had to dig much deeper against Paul Lambert's side but eventually prevailed through a header from Branislav Ivanovic with 17 minutes to play.
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