Boateng, Cole, Owen & more: Twitter reacts as Chelsea thrash Aston Villa

George Boateng, Carlton Cole and Michael Owen all tweet their thoughts after Chelsea trash Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge

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Michael Owen is backing Rafa Benítez to be a success at Chelsea Photo: Phil Greig / Stoke City FC

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David Luiz starred as Chelsea racked up an impressive 8-0 victory over Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge.

Goals from Fernando Torres, Ramires, Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Oscar helped the Blues move within 11 points of league leaders Manchester United, who earlier drew 1-1 with Swansea.

Here is the best of the Twitter reaction from the professionals.

Norwich defender Iwan Roberts (@iwanwroberts) praises Swansea for a good result: “Fair play to the swans that’s a great point!”

United defender Rio Ferdinand (‏@rioferdy5) is pleased with a point: “Not a bad point away at Swansea…start of a tough festive schedule.”

Team GB star David Greene (‏@DaiGreene) enjoyed the match: “Great afternoon at the Liberty watching Swans v Man United. Very lucky that I’m home for Xmas so I could attend!”

Swansea winger Wayne Routledge ‏(@WayneRoutledge) praises the Swans’ debutant: “Hopefully that will be the start of a great Christmas! Good result against a great team… And well done @KemyAgustien keep it going!”

Former Crystal Palace striker Mark Bright ‏(@Mark__Bright) compares Torres to a Chelsea great: “Very Drogba like Torres…. 1-0!”

While Notts County defender Jordan Stewart ‏(@jordanstewart30 reckons Luiz’s free-kick is Drogba-like: “David Luiz has got that Drogzilla tekkers on lock! #POWWWWWWWW”

Former Chelsea midfielder Jody Morris (‏@morriskid) thinks the Blues are very menacing from set-pieces: “Cahill and Ivanovic are very dangerous from set pieces…this could be big score!! Come on the #Chelsea!”

Ex-Villa star George Boateng ‏(@george1boateng) tweets his extensive thoughts: “I am watching the #Chelsea vs #AVFC game and I keep saying it, you can’t achieve anything with only young players but patients is needed. If #AVFC want to give young players a chance to succeed in the Premier League then they need to bring in senior players of whom they can learn from!”

West Brom star Steven Reid (‏@stevenreid12) can’t believe the score line: “Just come in to see Chelsea 7-0 up… Wtf!”

England legend Gary Lineker ‏(@GaryLineker) wonders has Benítez finally won the fans over: “Looking forward to hearing the boos for Rafa at the end of this game.”

West Ham striker Carlton Cole (‏@CarltonCole1) hopes Villa’s young squad will bounce back: “Boy oh boy I don’t know what to say, only hope the young lads learn from this!”

Ireland defender Sean St Ledger (‏@seanstledger12) is blunt in his thoughts: “8-0 that’s a disgrace.”

Finally, Stoke striker Michael Owen (‏@themichaelowen) backs Benítez to be a success: “Rafa out? Not convinced he will consistently deliver ‘Guardiola’ style football like the owner craves but I’m sure he will deliver a team capable of winning the league again given some time. Scores like that always a possibility with an inexperienced team like Villas.”

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