Newcastle confirm against a still disappointing Chelsea

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Newcastle confirm against a still disappointing Chelsea

The game: 1-0

We expected an open match, between the best Newcastle of the past 20 years and a Chelsea who are still looking for their style under Graham Potter. Nothing happened, despite a magnificent atmosphere in St-James’ Park.

For a full hour, almost nothing happened. Intense pressure from the locals put the Blues to the test but they managed to ward off the danger each time. Without Sterling (ill), the Londoners had a big chance, with Gallagher seeing Pope relax on his shot from the 65th. More in demand, Mendy prevented Longstaff from opening the scoring by throwing himself into his feet (51st) but he could not do anything on the shot placed by Willock (67th), very happy to take advantage of the work of the inevitable Almiron . Third after fifteen days, Newcastle now has a nine-point lead over a sad Chelsea team (8th), who took two points in the last fifteen.

The Man: Willock opened the lock

Aligned as usual on the left side of Newcastle’s 4-3-3, Joe Willock was the best player of the game. He first annoyed Loftus-Cheek, who quickly got hurt. The reorganization that followed put Azpilicueta on its way. The Spaniard never found the solution and was replaced at his mark by Gallagher… who also suffered. The former Arsenal (23) was very active, brilliant with his passes and his runs. He could have obtained a penalty in the first period, one of his crosses having been repelled by the hand of Chalobah. It was he who unlocked the meeting by placing a coiled shot from 20 meters. His second goal in two days, after the one against Southampton (4-1).

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