Goals;- Chelsea- Pedro (9′), Willian (57′)
Newcastle- Clark (40′)
Willian’s stunner in the midst of Barcelona speculation was just about enough for Chelsea to overcome Newcastle by 2-1 in the Premier League.
Chelsea started the much brighter out of the two teams, and deservedly went 1-0 up in the 9th minute when David Luiz’ long ball over the top of the Newcastle backline found Pedro, who dinked over Dubravka to give Chelsea the lead in this match.
However, Newcastle grew into the match and deservedly drew level before half-time. In the 40th minute, a Ritchie corner found Ciaran Clark, who powered his header into the bottom corner past a helpless Kepa to level the game at 1-1.
Rondon caused the Chelsea backline havoc in the first half and was Newcastle’s best player in the first half. The blues needed to contain him better if they were to get the 3 points in the second half.
Chelsea got back into their groove in the second half, and in the 57th minute, a lovely Willian curling effort evaded Dubravka in the Newcastle goal and rattled the back of the net, to give Chelsea a 2-1 lead.
Chelsea failed to build on the second goal but held on in the end for 3 vital points.
Match Statistics (Credit- BBC Sport)
Possession (%) 66 34
Shots 10 9
Shots on target 6 2
Fouls 8 5
Corners 6 13
Manager comments in press conference after the game (Quotes credit- Myself)
Chelsea Manager: Maurizio Sarri
“Today was very important to get points. We started well but after the goal, we slept for 20 minutes, so by the end of the first half, we were in trouble.
“We were better in the second half. I’m very happy with the result but we need to improve mentally and technically because we lost a lot of the ball in a stupid way.
“I think our wingers attacked the space better than in the last five or six matches but we need to attack the box better.”
Player and Manager Ratings (Just Numbers out of 10)
Manager Rating: Maurizio Sarri- 7
Newcastle (5-4-1 )
Manager Rating: Rafael Benitez- 6
Position in the PL table
Chelsea is now in fourth after that win with 47 points. They are now 6 points ahead of Arsenal in 5th, and 9 points ahead of Manchester United in 6th. Newcastle moves back down into the relegation zones with 18 points. Results went against them today.
Next games for both teams
Both teams are next in Premier League action next weekend, with Chelsea taking on Unai Emery’s Arsenal at the Emirates next Saturday at 5:30 pm. Whereas the Magpies face Cardiff at home at 3 pm on Saturday. Before that though, Newcastle has a FA Cup replay on Tuesday away to Blackburn Rovers at 7:45 pm.
Check out Chivers and Ron ‘Chopper’ Harris’s post-match analysis podcast from this game, later on, this week.
By Danyal Khan