Despite insisting before the game that these were because of the hectic schedule rather than the team’s performance, the early signs were that this was a more energetic squad.
The France international was forced into a stooping header but did enough to put the ball in the net.
The good fortune didn’t last though with Aston Villa equalising on 50 minutes through an El Ghazi volley.
Chelsea found the net on 66 minutes through Cesar Azpilicueta but the goal was disallowed with Pulisic offside in the build-up.
Villa nearly had their lead three minutes later when John McGinn hit the crossbar with a powerful 30 yard strike.
The result puts Aston Villa in fifth spot, ahead of Chelsea who are in sixth.