Chelsea vs Newcastle United: Eden Hazard inspires a brilliant comeback once again with his two goals sealing a win at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea started with the trio of Cesc Fabregas, Danny Drinkwater and N’golo Kante in the midfield, while Andres Christensen continued at the heart of the defence ahead of David Luiz.
The defending champions continued with 3-5-2 formation, giving Eden Hazard the free role behind Alvaro Morata.
Newcastle started off well in the early minutes of first half, constantly catching Blues off the ball and limiting goal-scoring opportunities for the hosts. Subsequently, their early pressure paid off after Dwight Gayle scored early to help Newcastle lead. The Toons’ striker was at the right spot at the right time as he took an advantage of Marcos Alonso‘s misjudged pass for Thibaut Courtois.
However, the lead didn’t last long for the visitors with the Belgian on the scoresheet. Hazard is on form for Chelsea after his return from injury scoring four goals from four starts.
Moreover, Alvaro Morata scored just twelve minutes later, timing the cross from Victor Moses well into the target.
The Black and Whites didn’t look threatening for the much of first half, with Chelsea’s dominance subduing their effectiveness.
Nevertheless, Victor Moses was effective again in his first-team return after facing a long layoff due to injury. The wing-back earned a penalty for his side, when Matt Ritchie showed his defensive fragility with his rash challenge on the Nigerian.
Eden Hazard, as always, was calm and cheeky with his penalty and doubled his goals tally for the game. The Belgian, perhaps, should have got the third by converting Danny Drinkwater’s lofted through ball, but missed on a one versus one opportunity.
Antonio Conte will be happy with his side’s performance on the night as the gap with Manchester United thins to zero, ahead of United’s clash against Arsenal.
Chelsea: Courtois (6.1), Azpilicueta (7), Christensen (7.5), Rudiger (7), Alonso (6.5), Drinkwater (6.5), Kante (7.5), Fabregas (8), Moses (8), Hazard (9.5), Morata (9)
Newcastle: Darlow (7), Mbemba (6), Lejeune (6), Clark (6), Manquillo (6), Diame (5.5), Merino (7), Ritchie (5.5), Murphy (6.5), Perez (6), Gayle (6.5)