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Newcastle boss Steve Bruce set Newcastle defence to sit deep and the Magpies frustrated Chelsea all game as the team couldn’t find space through a rigid Newcastle defence.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard didn’t change the team’s setup in the second half as the Blues were in search of the winning goal before conceding late on. However, Lampard only made like for like substitutions than try to change the system .
Lampard’s last throw of the dice was to take off Tammy Abraham for Michy Batshuayi, and the Blues boss has revealed that he couldn’t have played two strikers because he couldn’t take off N’Golo Kante and Jorginho.
Lampard said: “Sometimes we can [switch to two in attack] if a game feels that way but in that case it would have meant bringing off N’Golo Kante – who was outsnading all game – or Jorginho at the base of our midfield and you have to be careful with their counter-attack.
“We were creating a lot so the Michy change was to change the feeling of the striker. Can he come on and make something happen because he’s very dangerous around the box so it was just like-for-like.”