The Blues from Stamford bridge have excelled under Maurizio Sarri a number of times this season. However, they have struggled against lower placed teams to salvage all 3 points. Recently, Southampton stopped them from taking all 3 points. They faced Newcastle, a side who hadn’t won for their last 4 games. Salamon Rondon and Perez led the line for the Magpies, whereas Willian, Pedro, and Hazard were the front 3 for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues began brightly. With Hazard playing the false No.9 position, he was aiding the midfield and spreading the ball to both Pedro and Willian constantly. Newcastle were under pressure from the very start. Chelsea’s attacking speed couldn’t be matched with Newcastle’s defense. In the 9th minute, David Luiz lobbed a ball from 50 yards straight to Pedro’s feet, breaking the offside trap and chipped the ball over the keeper. 1-0 to the Blues. Stamford Bridge was ecstatic. However, Newcastle responded quite well. Atsu broke down the flank a couple of times and did trouble Arizabalaga, causing corners. 1 of the corners was directed straight towards Clark’s head. He stroked the ball to the right bottom corner with his head expertly. 1-1, Newcastle had a lifeline- a point at the Bridge was golden. Half-time and both the sides were level.
Surprisingly, Sarri didn’t introduce either of Morata or Giroud to bring in height in Chelsea’s attack. They continued to attack with pace, with Hazard troubling Dubravka multiple times. The Belgian played in Willian in the 57th minutes to which he curled the ball to the right corner with ultimate finesse and curl. 2-1 at Stamford Bridge. Newcastle brought on Joselu for an attacking threat, but Chelsea’s defense of Luiz and Rudiger was too strong for him. Rondon was presented with Newcastle’s’ golden opportunity to level but headed wide. 2-1 to Chelsea on the night. They were now comfortably sitting on 4th position.