Chelsea v Newcastle: Post-match Reactions (Blues back in the Top 4)

The Blues secured a comfortable 2-0 victory over visitors Newcastle to cement themselves a place back in the top 4. Chelsea started the game brightly, and by the interval, were two goals to the good thanks to strikers Giroud (who was subbed on for the injured Abraham) and Werner who finally broke his Premier League goal drought. While Newcastle upped their intensity in the second half, they never really troubled Tuchel’s men, despite the odd occasion which Kepa and co. handles reasonably well. Some of the writers at The Chelsea Social give their post-match reflections on the Chelsea v Newcastle clash.

Huge win for the Blues that takes them back into the Top 4. Credit | POOL/AFP via Getty Images
Huge win for the Blues that takes them back into the Top 4. Credit | POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Quick Recap

In what seemed like a more rejuvenated Chelsea side, the Blues are now in the top 4 courtesy of their 2-0 win over Newcastle. This is a remarkable turnaround given they were mid-table just a few weeks ago. The Magpies didn’t come out with much intensity with their diamond formation in which Chelsea exploited easily. The Blues took advantage of the gaps left by Newcastle on the flanks and looked very menacing particularly in the first half. Werner was constantly making good overlapping runs with Alonso, as did Hudson-Odoi with Mount. Tammy Abraham was unfortunately a victim to a strong challenge by Newcastle’s Jamaal Lascelles that brought up much controversy to the viewers over whether it should’ve been a penalty. The English forward soon had to be subbed off for Olivier Giroud in the 20th minute due to effects of the reckless challenge. Soon after, a wonderful take-on by Werner at the edge of the box gave Chelsea the opportunity to score after the cross was poorly dealt with by keeper Darlow where his parry fell to the feet of Giroud to pounce to give the Blues the lead. Following Werner’s good effort leading up to the goal, the German international finally got on the scoresheet and got his long-awaited goal in the 39th minute. Mount delivered a wonderful cross which caused havoc on the Newcastle defense and got deflected off Lascelles onto the left goalpost where Werner barely managed to get it over the line. Newcastle upped the intensity in the second half but Chelsea was able to weather the storm and get their third consecutive victory with strong substitutions from the bench. With that, some of the writers at The Chelsea Social writers share their thoughts on the Chelsea v Newcastle match.

Olivier Giroud opens the scoring for Chelsea v Newcastle. Credit | POOL/AFP via Getty Images
Olivier Giroud opens the scoring for Chelsea v Newcastle. Credit | POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Rob Pratley (@RJPJournalism)

Seeing as we usually drop points to Newcastle in some way or form every season, this was a welcome return. Tuchel said ‘a perfect night’. Not quite sure I would go that far, but hugely satisfying. Firstly well done to Kepa, 2 clean sheets, an excellent stop from Willock’s header, and composure throughout. Giroud came on for the unfortunate Abraham – who should have won a penalty if the VAR team were not blind – and stuck his only real clear chance away. The night belonged to Timo Werner – a driving run and cross to cause the opener and the end of his goal drought. That two-yard tap-in will have meant as much to him as a 30-yard screamer as it ended his 14 game run in the goal wilderness. Let’s hope we can get another win against Southampton on Saturday and really start to cement a spot in the Top 4.

Ben (@CarefreeCFC20)

Chelsea 2-0 Newcastle is a result I certainly would’ve taken if offered before the game. We offered a lot going forward in the first half and looked very dominant. Timo Werner looked very bright and should’ve maybe had more than one goal to his name but looked like the spark we needed to create the chances. I thought the move from Werner was excellent to get down the line and past his man, and it fell nicely to Giroud for 1-0. Werner looked sharp on his second goal and got away from Lewis to score. I was very happy with Werner and proud of him for sticking to his task. The second half died down a little as Chelsea closed out the game, but all in all, I thought it was a good performance from the blues tonight

Timo Werner finally gets back on the score sheet in the Premier League. Credit | Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC/Getty Images
Timo Werner finally gets back on the score sheet in the Premier League. Credit | Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC/Getty Images

Rey (@Rey_Blues30)

Another victory and another three points! Overall, a good performance from Chelsea after getting outmatched in intensity against Barnsley. Chelsea started the game brightly and gave Newcastle a lot of problems on the wide areas due to the narrowness Newcastle had in their formation. I was delighted with the swiftness in our passes and the patience while under pressure. We found a lot of spaces once we broke the first line of press and should’ve buried the game early in the second but our indecisiveness in the final third gave Newcastle the opportunity to shut us down. Hudson-Odoi once again looked lively in the RWB position, helping us get good overlapping attacking opportunities, and I am thrilled that he’s getting consistent minutes under Tuchel. Hopefully, the injury on Tammy isn’t grave as we need his output offensively. Mateo Kovačić probably had his best match of the season, gliding through the midfield and dribbling past defenders with ease. Timo Werner was excellent all around and got a rightfully deserved goal late in the first half. Now to continue our momentum and get a strong result against a poor Southampton side this upcoming Saturday. Up the Chels!

RJ (@RJ_Goodthings)

Back into the top 4. Feels good to say that! The Chelsea v Newcastle match was pleasing both in terms of performance and obviously the result. We’ve seen several times this season (and season’s before) whereby we have failed to capitalise on the slip-ups of our rivals. Fortunately in this instance we pounced and have continued our positive momentum as we head into the back half of the month. Collectively we were bright, particularly in the first half which saw take a deserved 2-0 lead heading into half-time thanks to Giroud and Werner. While we took our foot off the pedal in the second half, I was satisfied we successfully managed to stay resilient but I’m still wanting to see more in terms of us being ruthless in front of goal and really putting teams to the sword when we create good chances. No doubt this is something Tuchel will be continuing to focus on. Individually, I thought Werner and Kovacic were outstanding. Oh, and as for VAR not awarding us at least one penalty, that will do me! For now, we’re back in the top 4 and the focus shifts to Southampton. Come on you Blues!

The Blues continue their positive run under new manager Thomas Tuchel. Credit | POOL/AFP via Getty Images
The Blues continue their positive run under new manager Thomas Tuchel. Credit | POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Written By: Rey, Rob, Ben and RJ

Edited By: Ross-John (RJ) Bonaccorsi (@RJ_Goodthings)

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