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Chelsea produced a masterclass performance in the first half against Newcastle, as the Blues put two past Steve Bruce’s men in the first half.
The first half display from Chelsea was very dominant, but the team looked a bit sloppy in the second period, much to the annoyance of Chelsea legend Frank Leboeuf.
The former Chelsea defender slammed Chelsea’s performance in the second half, and was particularly critical of Mason Mount and Timo Werner.
“I like what I saw in the first half when Chelsea really dominated, created chances, and scored two goals,” the former Blues centre-back told ESPN FC.
“But in the second half, I wondered what they were doing.
“We lost Mount, we lost Werner — they were quite invisible [in the second half].”
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel was also displeased with the team’s showing in the second half.
He told the media after the game: “In the second half, the first three or four minutes were more or less the picture for the whole half. We suddenly gave away two shots in the first two minutes, we lost duels, we had suddenly corners against us and I felt we had the feeling of something to lose.
“We played too many balls back when we could escape the pressure, we did not open up or keep the advantage to put the game into the opponent’s half. The counter-attacks in the second half were not precise or clinical enough to score a third goal and finish the game.”