Newcastle United fans hoped that so many players returning from international duty Chelsea would arrive at the St James’ Park fatigued, fragile, and quite possibly fractious.
How wrong can they be? Frank Lampard may have irritated that a Saturday lunchtime kick-off was tough on his widely traveled squad, as Ole Gunner Solskjaer showed his frustration against Everton previously.
But Chelsea players looked formidable energetic and fresh throughout the 90 minutes on Saturday.
Chelsea players landed at Newcastle airport on Saturday afternoon with the adrenaline high of a team unbeaten in 12 games and on a run of five wins in all competitions. Underestimate their title chances at your peril.
Newcastle vs Chelsea Match Report:
Chelsea lined up a 4-3-3 formation with Zouma and Rüdiger in central defensive partnership, Kante as Central defensive midfielder, and the front three of Werner, Abraham, and Ziyech.
On the other hand, Newcastle started with a back five and lone striker Joelinton. They have started every game against big six clubs very defensively in this season and because of this style of play, their fanbase is frustrated with manager Steve Bruce.
Chelsea started the game very aggressively and managed to create two half-chances and twice denied by Newcastle goalkeeper Darlow. On the 10th minute mark, Chelsea was able to unlock the goal from a short corner. Mount whipped the ball dangerously across the six-yard box and Federico Fernández bundling the ball into his own net under pressure from Ben Chilwell.
Fernández protested he had been fouled by Chilwell but a VAR review confirmed the impression it was a pretty forlorn appeal and the goal stood.
Chelsea dominated the whole first half but couldn’t score more than one because of the great display of Darlow and the lack of clinical finish from Timo Werner. He could have scored a hat trick but he wasn’t sharp enough in front of the goal also missed a one-on-one situation in the second half.
Even though Timo Werner was poor in front of the goal, he showed his quality on the second goal, he took the ball in his own half and beat his markers by the pace, and gave the ball to Abraham for a simple finish. With that goal, it ended the fight from Newcastle if there was any.
The Blues manager Frank Lampard was pleased with Werner’s performance, he stated:
“He (Werner) had a couple of chances and sometimes it doesn’t go in for you, but I thought he was a real threat for us throughout.
“You need players of that quality to win the game and the pace he travels with the ball is something special.
“He was so unselfish and you rely on those players who are top-class.”– Frank Lampard on Timo Werner
On the other hand, there was almost nothing significant to say about The Magpies they only had a great strike from Longstaff tipped over the crossbar and the rest was very poor throughout. It was a perfect weekend for Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.
Chelsea moved, for a few hours at least, to the top of the table for the first time since 2018. Tottenham Hotspur thrashed Manchester City later on the same day to top the league table. Chelsea now faces the Spurs in their next league fixture at Stamford Bridge.
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