Four points from six -- City at home and Villa away -- ain't so bad when we consider that Chelsea were missing two key ingredients with Diego Costa suspended and Cesc Fàbregas injured. And while Costa has one more game to go in his three-game suspension, Fàbregas is expected back when Everton come to town on Wednesday.
"I think he plays Wednesday. [Saturday] was a decision in the limits to protect him. We didn't want to risk two players at the same time."
-Jose Mourinho; source: Telegraph
Mourinho decided to forgo the "stability" that Fàbregas gives to the team against Villa because he didn't want to risk starting the game with two players who could both aggravate existing injuries and thus force his hand with early substitutions. Presumably the other player was Branislav Ivanović and his gouged right foot (and suddenly out-of-this-world left foot).
All's well that ends well, and with three points gained at Villa Park, Mourinho's decision was justified. Now we get to look forward to Cesc pulling the strings once again as he helps Chelsea charge towards Premier League glory.