Chelsea vs Newcastle: Post Match Review
Frank Lampard has been used to the days as a player when Chelsea were famed for their ruthless ability to squeeze points from teams who rolled into Stamford Bridge with massed defensive units and limited ambition.
His experience would have taught him that these games require patience, determination and flashes of individual brilliance which might explain his euphoric reaction as Marcos Alonso found the net with a fizzing drive.
The game started off with Chelsea dominating possession for the first 15 minutes, the midfield which included a rare start for Ross Barkley, Chelsea fans optimistic his form in the England shirt (two goals, one assist) would carry over into a performance in a Blue shirt.
Twenty minutes in Martin Dúbravka pulled off an excellent save from Mason Mount, the young Englishman picking up the ball in the box and swivelling, before unleashing a fierce drive which Dúbravka saved from close quarters.
On the 25th minutes Newcastle had a great chance to take the lead, Fikayo Tomori was careless in possession gifting the ball to Allan Saint-Maximin. The Frenchman proving the cross from the left which Joelinton headed wide when it looked easier to score.
Forty Three minutes into the game, Ross Barkley was forced to come off after taking a knock. The Englishman managed to force his way back into the starting eleven – only to have to leave the field injured. Barkley just can not catch a break.
With the game approaching the final third Chelsea hit the woodwork, Abraham shows his physical strength in the air competing for the ball from a corner, the Striker who has been in fine goalscoring form heads the ball onto the crossbar after rising highest inside the area.
On the 68th minute, only after being introduced to the pitch three minutes prior Christian Pulisic had a great chance saved which could have given Chelsea the lead. Excellent work from Callum Hudson-Odoi who performed a perfect cutback for the American. Dubravka was equal to it making a stunning stop to deny the US international, it was beginning to look like one of those days.
Seventy-three minutes gone Pulisic plays a pass from right to left for Hudson-Odoi, The Englishman kept his cool when collecting the ball, performing a gorgeous little turn in the middle before laying the ball off for Marcus Alonso. The Spaniard rifles the ball in from the left corner of the box. 1-0.
The game should have been put beyond doubt on the 80th minute, Yedlin makes a crucial intervention to keep Chelsea’s lead at one, with Tammy Abraham having looked set to convert from Pulisic’s square after the US star got in behind the Newcastle backline.
Full Time – Chelsea secure a fifth-straight win in all competitions thanks to a single strike from Marcos Alonso. The game was a hard-fought encounter which Chelsea deserved to come away with three points on the balance of play.
Chelsea vs Newcastle: Statistical Analysis
Chelsea dominated possession at Stamford Bridge, having the ball for 71% of the game. Jorginho was instrumental in Saturdays play, the Midfielder completing 92% of his 102 passes. César Azpilicueta, Kurt Zouma, Tomori and Alonso also were heavily involved in build up play as the Blues worked the ball from side to side as they looked to break down Newcastle.
The American managed to draw down another 25 minutes in a Chelsea shirt, his impact against Newcastle was impressive. Showing all the right signs of a player who is not content just to sit on the bench and make up the numbers.
Another hugely impressive performance from Callum, his assist today made him the second youngest player to provide an assist in three consecutive Premier League games. Only Michael Owen did it at a younger age.
It is hard to believe he has just returned from a serious injury, Callum has managed to score or grab an assist in EVERY competitive game he has played for club and country since he’s been back.
Chelsea vs Newcastle: Man of the Match
For me the Man of the Match had to go to the little Italian, considering this time last year fans were calling for him to be dropped from the team, his performances this season have really highlighted his qualities. Saturdays performance against Newcastle really should silence any doubters that Jorginho isn’t the man for Chelsea.
Jorginho completed 87% of his passes in the attacking third, if you look at the range of passes which he displayed against Newcastle you will notice that they are varied. Quite a few of his passes are over the top of the defensive unit as Jorginho looks to play Tammy or a wide player into space early before the defensive unit can get set.
In the absence of N’Golo Kante, Jorginho showed his ability at re-claiming possession for his side. As you can see from the above image he did this on 10 occasions throughout the game, in positions all over the park which is credit to his work-rate and positioning.