Newcastle 1-2 Chelsea: Maurizio Sarri’s men rated and slated in third-straight victory
Who starred and who flopped against the Magpies?
Chelsea made it three wins in three Premier League games under Maurizio Sarri with a hard-fought victory over Newcastle.
The Blues enjoyed plenty of possession but failed to break through until the 76th minute, when Eden Hazard converted a controversially-awarded penalty.
Newcastle, who barely threatened all game, somehow found themselves level through Joselu’s 83rd minute header, but DeAndre Yedlin turned Marcos Alonso’s shot into his own net late-on to deny the home side an unlikely point.
How did talkSPORT rate the victorious men in blue? Scroll down to find out.
Kepa Arrizabalaga – 6
Very little to do, but still didn’t manage a clean sheet. Not much he could do about the goal, although he did get a hand to it. Oohs and ahs followed a nervous pass in the first-half.
Cesar Azpilicueta – 6
His delivery let him down. Azpilicueta’s role was an attacking one today and he failed to supply quality crosses to Alvaro Morata.
Antonio Rudiger – 7
Thundered an outrageous effort against the crossbar from distance. A mistake-free afternoon for the German.
David Luiz – 5
Chelsea’s central defenders have more to do under Sarri and Luiz defended sensibly for much of the game, but he was static for the Newcastle goal and failed to attack the ball.
Marcos Alonso – 7
Fantastic first touch to force the controversial penalty and it was his right-footed volley which led to the winner, however his attacking exploits will leave Chelsea stretched at the back as the season goes on.
N’Golo Kante – 6
So rarely less than an eight-out-of-ten, Kante was unusually sloppy at times. He appears to be adjusting to his new attacking role under Sarri.
Jorginho – 8
Chelsea’s deepest-lying midfielder was their most creative and incisive. Never wastes a pass.
Matteo Kovacic – 5
It’s clear Kovacic wants to go forward at every opportunity, but he was crowded out by Newcastle today. Still showed plenty of promise.
Pedro – 6
Started over Willian and just-about justified his inclusion with his never-ending movement and clever touches.
Alvaro Morata – 5
Signs of improvement from the Spaniard, who made more runs today, but his touch let him down in the crucial moments.
Eden Hazard – 9
Outstanding throughout. Frustrated by some cynical defending from Newcastle, but didn’t moan and carried on probing. A fantastic penalty, too.
Willian (Sub) – 6
Provided some much-needed energy in attack and stretched Newcastle in the latter stages.
Ross Barkley (Sub) – 6
Could’ve had a tap-in if Yedlin didn’t turn the ball into his own net.
Olivier Giroud (Sub) – 5
Should’ve played to the referee’s whistle when he felt he was elbowed in the build up to Newcastle’s equaliser.