PLAYER RATINGS: NEWCASTLE 1 VS 2 CHELSEA

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Chelsea had to dig deep to get the three points at St James Park – a ground where the Blues have failed to get a win since 2011. An Eden Hazard penalty and an own goal from DeAndre Yedin gave Chelsea the win.

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Kepa: Barely had a save to make and had little to do as Chelsea had over 80% possession. Couldn’t keep out Joselu’s header. 5/10

Rudiger: Was solid at the back and was unfortunate not to get a goal as his shot from outside rattled the bar late in the second half. 6.5/10

Luiz: Was having a good game until a moment of loss in concentration allowed Joselu get a free header. 6/10

Alonso: Had a good game and his attacking runs on the left flank helped Chelsea threaten Newcastle’s defence. He won the penalty for the opening goal and forced an own goal from DeAndre Yedlin for the winner. 8/10

Azpilicueta: Was solid at the right side of the back four and went forward to help the attack. Had a moment where he could have scored but his shot lacked power. 6.5/10

Jorginho: Had the most passes on the pitch, and dictated Chelsea’s play from deep. 7/10

Kante: Made some good forward runs, and also pressed when the team needed him. Had a good game. 7/10

Kovacic: It was a difficult game against a choked Newcastle defence, but he gave a good account of himself. 6.5/10

Hazard: Had a good game as he caused problems for Newcastle’s defence. Calmly slotted the ball into the net from the penalty spot for the opening goal. 7.5/10

Pedro: Worked very hard but didn’t find enough space to threaten the Magpies. 6.5/10

Morata: Was a difficult game against Newcastle’s tight backline, but he still managed to put up a decent performance. 6/10

Subs

Giroud: Came on for Morata in the second half, and his header aided Chelsea’s second goal. Was unfortunate to be elbowed in the face in the buildup to Newcastle’s goal. 6/10

Willian: Added a bit of spark after replacing Pedro in the second period. 6/10

Barkley: Came on late and didn’t have enough time to impact the game.

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VICTOR N
Chelsea is more than just a football club to me; it's a passion I share, and my affinity with the Chelsea badge is one that will last forever. As far as watching my favourite team is concerned, I'd rather miss a meal than miss a Chelsea game.