Here we have with us the Chelsea player ratings as they defeat Newcastle by a 1 goal margin. Newcastle did well to hold Chelsea at bay but failed to do that in the dying minutes of the game. Chelsea have now won 5 games in a row. This is their longest winning streak in the Premier League since the October of last year.
Newcastle United did threaten Chelsea with a few set pieces. Especially when Rudiger’s clearance came towards Almiron who struck the ball with venom. Mendy was equal to the shot and punched it away to keep the score level. Chelsea had to be on their toes while facing Newcastle and their dangerous ball into the box.
However, things changed in the second half, Chelsea looked far more threatening and came close to scoring. The Blues had a penalty shout when Dubravka took Werner but that was denied as the German international found himself in an offside position. Moreover, Havertz came close to opening the score when he nodded Ziyech’s pinpoint cross but it was straight toward Dubravka.
Chelsea finally scored in the 89th minute, thanks to Kai Havertz. Jorginho’s long ball into the box found Havertz whose sumptuous touch helped him score the goal. Chelsea are currently 3rd on the Premier League table whereas Newcastle have turned their season around. The Magpies find themselves 14th on the Premier League table.
Chelsea player ratings vs Newcastle United
Edouard Mendy – 6/10
Did not have much to do in the game but had to be alert to save Almiron’s effort and Schar’s close-range header.
Trevoh Chalobah – 7/10
Slotted in as the right-back while playing a back four. He did well to deal with the threat of Saint-Maximin but understandably was not able to contribute to the attack.
Andreas Christensen – 7/10
Christensen gave Chelsea the pace required at the back and looked comfortable playing alongside Rudiger. He played very good passes that created a few chances for the Blues.
Antonio Rudiger – 9/10
Did his best to keep Newcastle at bay and also made a few runs to attack the Newcastle backline. He showed that he is also comfortable playing in the back four.
Malang Sarr- 6/10
Looked uncomfortable while handling the Newcastle press and was not up to the mark. Tuchel saw him in contempt when Sarr was not strong enough in his challenges.
Jorginho – 7/10
Jorginho stepped up when it mattered as his floated ball over the Newcastle defense was the difference maker of the game. However, he has to be less passive at times and should take a few risks.
N’Golo Kante – 8/10
Kante protected the Chelsea backline while also surging into the Newcastle half whenever he got the chance. However, the Blues were not able to make the best of these chances.
Mason Mount – 6/10
Unable to pounce on the momentum he got from the Norwich game. He started on the left side of the midfield but struggled to influence and also struggled with set-pieces.
Hakim Ziyech – 6/10
Ziyech failed to create chances as he usually does. He was busy helping out Chalobah and he also failed to get behind the ball in dangerous positions. However, his ball in towards Havertz remains his highlight of the game.
Kai Havertz – 8/10
Havertz started over Romelu Lukaku once again and had to face a tough battle against Dan Burn and Fabian Schar. He struggled to get through them for the majority of the game but got behind in the dying minutes before he controlled the ball and poked the ball past the keeper.
Timo Werner – 4/10
A poor display from Werner as he hardly troubled the Newcastle defense. He could have gotten a good chance if he controlled the ball well or stayed onside on another occasion.
Mateo Kovacic – 7/10
Added freshness and energy to the Chelsea midfield and also a sense of urgency to their game.
Romelu Lukaku – 6/10
Even he struggled against the physical strength of Newcastle defenders and was not up to the mark.
Christian Pulisic – N/A
Did not get enough time to influence the game.
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