Werner and Kante help Chelsea breeze past lacklustre Magpies

Chelsea defeated a lacklustre Newcastle United by 2-0 to extend their unbeaten run to 12 in all competitions. Frank Lampard’s men were in total control of the game as Newcastle could muster only one shot on target. Chelsea, who had most of their players away during the international break didn’t show any signs of fatigue as they continued to showcase their relentless attacking prowess at the Tyneside.

Chelsea’s quick start to the game paid dividends in the 10th minute as Mason Mount’s cross across the face of the goal was turned into his own net by Federico Fernandez. Although the Magpies appealed for a foul by Chilwell on the defender, replays suggested the contact happened after Fernandez had kicked the ball. The opening goal allowed Chelsea to dominate possession and pin back Newcastle in their own half. Newcastle were restricted to try their attempts outside Chelsea’s box, which were handled fairly easily through blocks and clearances by Chelsea defenders.

Werner was guilty of missing two glorious chances to kill the game after being one-on-one with Darlow. However, the German international made up for the miss by turning up the afterburners to storm past three Newcastle players after collecting the ball in his own half to slip in Tammy Abraham, who scored Chelsea’s second goal. The Magpies had better possession in the second half as Chelsea slowed down the pace of the game. N’Golo Kante was impressive in the midfield anchor role as the France international was instrumental in breaking up play and pressing high up the pitch. The astute presence of Kante allowed Mount and Kovacic to drive up the field and involve in Chelsea’s attacks. Newcastle’s only shot on target was through Longstaff’s fierce drive from 25 yards, which cannoned off the crossbar with Mendy well beaten.

Lampard, who was happy with this team’s performance praised Werner for his performance and acknowledged he is happy with their position in the table. Speaking to the reporters Lampard said “It’s nice to be in the position we are, and to have gained confidence from the clean sheets, which were a problem for us earlier in this season and parts of last, but we need to keep working and be consistent. The international break was challenging but we came here against a team we lost to last year, we dominated possession and we scored our goals, and we could have scored more. 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 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.”

Steve Bruce lamented on Newcastle’s defence as the Magpies lost consecutive games after a decent start to their campaign. The Newcastle manager said “That’s the fifth time we’ve been one down with five or 10 minutes played and we have to address that. We were better in the second half and we went higher up the pitch and had some big moments, but unfortunately we couldn’t take one and Chelsea punished us with a poor goal that we gave away. I’m frustrated because we can’t get a result. I make no excuses but we’ve played three of the top six in the last few weeks. It’s been difficult but there was a lot to like about that second-half performance.”

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