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Chelsea’s clash away at Newcastle is never an easy one, and the Magpies have had some massive victories over Chelsea at the St James Park in recent years.
It isn’t a surprise that Anfield is the only away ground in which Chelsea have tasted defeat more than St James’ Park in the Premier League. The Blues have only won 11 of their 24 games away to Newcastle United since 1992.
What is even more surprising is that Chelsea’s most successful manager Jose Mourinho never won a Premier League fixture at the St James Park in his two spells at the club.
As a matter of fact, last season’s opening day victory was Chelsea’s first on Tyneside since 2011.
The likes of Antonio Conte, Rafa Benitez and Jose Mourinho all struggled away at Newcastle. Indeed, Maurizio Sarri is the only recent coach to have tasted success at the St James Park.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is well aware of this and isn’t taking anything for granted ahead of this game.
The Chelsea manager said: “Even though we have good away form in general, every game brings new challenges. Going to Newcastle, I know it as a player and I know it now. The emotion of the crowd, they are a very organised team with the manager that they have.
“Also the threats they have, they have got some good results this season. We will be taking nothing lightly or expecting anything because of our away record.
“We have to take this game head on, as we have to do in these games coming up now because it is massively important we keep or focus game in game out. We certainly don’t underestimate Newcastle. You shouldn’t do because of the season they are having.”