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Chelsea 2-1 Newcastle: Willan brilliant effort put blues six points clear in battle for champions League qualification

There has been a developing inclination among the individuals who pursue Chelsea that offering Willian to Barcelona would be no awful thing. Maybe they will reexamine.

Less on the grounds of his more extensive execution – there wasn’t much in it, truly. But, that is, for one snapshot of such superb quality that it won a diversion that was quick transforming into a humiliation for Chelsea.

It came around 57 minutes in at 1-1. Chelsea were slumping about the place, not simply battling with their completions, which has been a topic recently, yet not making much, either.

At that point the ball came to Willian out on the left without much on. A flicker later and it had been lashed crosswise over goal and inside the far post.

That sole commitment implies five successes in seven for Chelsea and just a single win in nine for Newcastle, which would have been the forecast of most toward the beginning of play. Simply take a gander at the group sheets, if not the shape.

Maurizio Sarri rolled out three improvements to the side beaten by Tottenham in the Carabao Cup – David Luiz came in for Christensen at focus half, Mateo Kovacic went on the left of the midfield three instead of Ross Barkley and Pedro began in assault in front of Callum Hudson-Odoi. Decent choices to have.

Rafa Benitez’s determination indicated at an inside and out harder life. We think about his troubles, mostly in light of the fact that he examines them so much of the time, yet additionally on the grounds that they are so agonizingly clear to the stripped eye.

They smell of disregard and the update comes each time Benitez documents his group – this one demonstrated a group of 11 men that cost around £25m not exactly Chelsea’s £70m goalkeeper.

The opening goal for Chelsea was superb, with David Luiz dropping a long ball behind Clark and Pedro controlling with his privilege and throwing Martin Dubravka with his left for his seventh objective of the season. Flawless stuff, regardless of whether Benitez’s investigation will probably nose on why Pedro was permitted to run unmanaged among Ritchie and Clark.

MATCH FACTS AND STATS

Chelsea (4-3-3): Kepa 6; Azpilicueta 6.5, Rudiger 6, Luiz 6, Alonso 6; Kante 6.5, Jorginho 6.5, Kovacic 6 (Barkley 63, 6.5); Pedro 7 (Hudson-Odoi 81), Hazard 7(Giroud 87), Willian 7.5

Subs not used: Caballero, Christensen, Emerson Palmieri, Ampadu

Goals: Pedro 9, Willian 57

Booked: Jorginho

Manager: Maurizio Sarri 6.5

Newcastle (5-4-1): Dubravka 7; Yedlin 6 (Manquillo 82), Lejeune 6, Lascelles 7, Clark 6, Ritchie 6.5; Perez 6 (Murphy 82), Longstaff 6, Hayden 6, Atsu 6.5; Rondon 6

Subs not used: Schar, Fernandez, Joselu, Sterry, Woodman

Goal: Clark 40

Booked: Ritchie 

Manager: Rafa Benitez 6.5 

Referee: Chris Kavanagh 6.5

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