Chelsea routs Aston Villa 8-0 in Premier League
Chelsea's Ramires, left, celebrates scoring his side's eighth goal with his teammates Oscar, second left, Victor Moses, second right, and Lucas Piazon, right, as Aston Villa's Nathan Baker pulls up his sock during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge stadium in London on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Tom Hevezi)
The Associated Press
Published Sunday, December 23, 2012 2:43PM EST
LONDON - Chelsea produced its most ruthless attacking display in more than two years on Sunday to crush Aston Villa 8-0 and end a dismal Premier League run at home.
The Blues ripped Villa apart with ease after Fernando Torres headed in the opener after just three minutes at Stamford Bridge.
David Luiz and Branislav Ivanovic added goals before half time. Frank Lampard, Ramires (twice), Oscar and Eden Hazard were on target after the break.
It was Chelsea's biggest win since beating Wigan by the same score in May 2010 and the team's first in the league at home since the start of October.
The Blues climbed back to third place, seven points behind second-place Manchester City but with a game in hand.