Big win as we beat the bogey team!
Chelsea travelled to Tyneside to play Newcastle on Saturday and returned to London with a 0-2 win in our pocket as we beat the home team in a comfortable win. Lampard selected a strong team with Mendy in goal, Reece James, Chilwell and Zouma keeping their place in the defence and Rudiger making his first start in the league in place of Silva. Kante, Kovacic, and Mount was the midfield 3 while Werner, Tammy, and Ziyech continued up front. Newcastle had no Wilson up front and so went with Joelinton as they stuck with a back 5 and a 4 man midfield as they clearly planned to shut Chelsea out.
The way the game was going to go was evident from kick off as Chelsea dominated possession similar to last season but unlike last season we created dangerous chances. Darlow made some good saves in the opening minutes but the breakthrough for Chelsea came in the 10th minute as Werner played in Reece James who’s flashed a cross across the box and it bounced off of Fernandez who was tracking back under pressure from Chilwell. The first goal was important as it forced Newcastle into chasing the game but the home team were happy to stay defensive for the rest of the 1st half. Chelsea could have easily had 3-4 goals but we missed some final chances while Werner seemed to have forgotten his finishing boots in Germany.
The 2nd half continued on from the 1st but Newcastle changed gears for the 1st 15 minutes as they took the game to Chelsea. The Chelsea defence was kept busy but our defenders stayed solid and Mendy was dominant. Newcastle were going to bring on Almiron to create more chances but right before that happened Chelsea counter attacked from a corner and Werner got the ball as sprinted past 2 Newcastle players and passed the ball into Tammy who expertly finished past Darlow. 0-2 and the game was over. Giroud, Emerson, and Hudson-Odoi came on for the final 25 minutes or so to see out the game as Lampard got another clean sheet and a win.
Chelsea Player Review
Clean sheet no 7 for Mendy as he made 1 or 2 good saves when called upon but was generally solid throughout the game. Some wayward passes towards the end but no worries.
Reece James and Chilwell continued their strong form as they marauded forward while also defending well. Reece James in particular was dominant on the right hand side as he pocketed both Maximin and Lewis. Chilwell did well and was subbed off for Emerson late on. Zouma was strong once again as he dominated aerially and could have got another goal as well while Joelinton had no luck with Zouma marking him. Rudiger had a good outing and while he did make a few dubious passes it was a solid performance and it allowed Silva to have a rest. Clean sheet, happy days.
The midfield put in a very good performance and my man of the match was Kante as he looks to be back to his very best. The Frenchman was everywhere as he stopped attacks and floated in front of the centre backs. Kovacic has done well in the last 2 games deputising for Havertz, playing further forward and linking up play well. Mount was his normal self as he performed both defence and attack duties, a complete 8.
Ziyech was his magic self again and could have added an assist or more in the 1st half. Werner had an off day in front of goal as he did well to create his chances but missed that final execution. Timo did redeem himself with his assist for the 2nd goal as he unleashed his pace on Newcastle’s defenders. Tammy could have had a couple goals as well but did well for the one he got and sealed the game. Hudson-Odoi had some good glimpses when he came on and Giroud didn’t have much time to make an impact.
Lampard has found his formation and it’s working as Chelsea look like a balanced side now. Rudiger and Kovacic performed well in place of Silva and Havertz and that will make Lampard happy as well. A solid win and another clean sheet just helps push forward the process.
Chelsea did well for the 3 points and were well worth it against a team that we usually struggle to break down and beat. Next up is a trip to France to play Rennes on Tuesday as we aim to seal a place in the knockout stages of the Champions League. COME ON CHELSEA!!!