There is a growing feeling among those who follow Chelsea that selling Willian to Barcelona is not a bad thing. Maybe they will think again.
Not so much because of its wider version – there was not much in it. Except, that is, for a moment of such & # 39; s great quality that it won a game that quickly turned into a shame for Chelsea.
It came to 1-1 around 57 minutes. Chelsea flopped over the spot, not only struggling with their finishes, which was a late theme, but did not create much. And then the ball reached Willian on the left without much attention. A wink later and it was struck over goal and within the far post.
Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka was defeated by Willian and Chelsea took the lead in the second half
Willian takes the prominence of the Stamford Bridge crowd after finding the back of the grid just before the hour
Ciaran Clark drives a header in the bottom corner from Matt Ritchie & # 39; s corner to level for Newcastle for the rest
The Newcastle defender and his teammates race to the remote supporters after equalization at Stamford Bridge
Pedro threw Chelsea to the perfect start when he hit the ball over the upcoming Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka
Pedro gives signals to his teammate David Luiz after his long ball had picked the Spaniard in space and by goal
David Luiz shows a roar as he celebrates the opening goal for home fans in the evening game on Saturday
CONTEST FACTS, PLAYERS FIGURES AND COMPETITION ZONE
Chelsea (4-3-3): Kepa 6; Azpilicueta 6.5, Rudiger 6, Luiz 6, Alonso 6; Kant 6.5, Jorginho 6.5, Kovacic 6 (Barkley 63, 6.5); Pedro 7 (Hudson Odoi 81), Hazard 6.5 (Giroud 87), Willian 7.5
Subs not usedCaballero, Christensen, Emerson Palmieri, Ampadu
goal scorers: Pedro 9, Willian 57
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: Dab, Murphy, Fernandez, Manquillo, Joselu, Sterry, Woodman
goal scorers: Clark 40
Manager: Rafa Benitez 6.5
RefereeChris Kavanagh 6.5
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Chelsea wins the lead by Willian's spectacular curling attack. CLICK HERE for more from MATCH ZONE
Quite something, that, and worth looking at when it pops up. Also worth fighting, if you look at the bigger picture with this player. Admittedly, he did not do his best this campaign and £ 50 million is terrible for a 30-year-old with only 18 months to run on his contract.
Redeeming is perhaps the best bet. But not many players can do what Willian can do with relative ease when the mood takes him and that is really why Maurizio Sarri's side won this game.
That did not seem likely for a while, so was their performance after an early lead by Pedro. That should have been enough, considering how bad Newcastle this season was, but it is difficult to take Chelsea for granted at this moment, because with 11 goals in their previous 10 games they were a bit limp. Results have crept in, but still a struggle.
And that's how it played in this game. They were strangely flat, indecisive, unable to speed up after a jog, and so a supporter from Newcastle started the game with the usual insults by Mike Ashley – who was present – to believe.
With that, the side grew and got itself level by Ciaran Clark. For a moment it seemed that they might even continue, but that would push it. After all, their season was miserable, and again this match turned against them, with the genius of Willian.
Stamford Bridge was treated to a spectacular fireworks show prior to the kick-off in the Premier League clash on Saturday
An excited Newcastle boss, Rafa Benitez, embraces his opposite number, Maurizio Sarri, before the start of the procedure
The owner of Newcastle, Mike Ashley, was present to see his side on Chelsea in West London on Saturday night
Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic seems to be heading for ground as he tries to get past his Newcastle opponents
Chelsea winger Willian seems to get the ball under control while Newcastle midfielder Isaac Hayden puts a foot in it
Newcastle defender Florian Lejeune tries to get a toe on the ball when Mateo Kovacic tries to keep possession of the ball
Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso stays on the ground while Newcastle defender DeAndre Yedlin releases the ball
That only contribution means five wins in seven for Chelsea and only one win in nine for Newcastle, which would have been the prediction of most at the start of the game. Just look at the team sheets, if not the form.
Maurizio Sarri made three changes by Tottenham in the Carabao Cup – David Luiz came in for Christensen in mid-middle, Mateo Kovacic went on the left of the midfield three instead of Ross Barkley and Pedro started in attack for Callum Hudson-Odoi. Nice options to have.
The selection of Rafa Benitez indicated a whole heavier life. We know his difficulties, partly because he discusses them so often, but also because they are so painfully clear to the naked eye.
They stink to neglect and the memory comes every time Benitez registers his team – this shows a collective of 11 men who cost about £ 25 million less than the goalkeeper of Chelsea £ 70 million.
The opening goal for Chelsea was great, with David Luiz dropping a long ball behind Clark and Pedro, who checked with his right side and Martin Dubravka beckoned with his left for his seventh goal of the season. Nice things, even if the analyzes of Benitez will probably understand why Pedro was allowed to run unhindered between Ritchie and Clark.
Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic can only watch as Newcastle striker Ayoze Perez tries to get the visitors on the forefoot
Newcastle striker Salomon Rondon wins the aerial challenge for Chelsea defender David Luiz in the first half
Newacastle defender DeAndre Yedlin hits the deck while Newcastle tries to keep Chelsea at bay in Saturday's game
Martin Dubravka is high and makes himself big to deny Chelsea winger Willian when he is one-on-one
Newcastle defender Florian Lejeune slides in and wins the ball for Chelsea, winger Eden Hazard in the second half
Newcastle skipper Jamaal Lascelles receives treatment after colliding with the billboards while making a clearance
At that stage everything was rosy for Chelsea, a goal for the good against limited opposition. But the mediocrity that followed was alarming. Unlike a head that Luiz sent over the bar, they offered almost nothing of note.
That gave Newcastle some confidence and after they had taken the sting out of the game, they began to slowly threaten. It started with a few attackers, went on with a nearly-miss from Ayoze Perez and culminated with the equalizer, scored by Clark with a nice header from Ritchie & # 39; s corner.
By the end of the half, Newcastle had the most chance to score. How is that for a story in defied expectations?
Chelsea started the second with a bit more effort but did not show anything that even came close to the quality that Willian delivered with his goal. Hazard was so deep in his heart that he sucked three men in to block his path to the area around Newcastle, and that gave Willian space on his left.
With a touch he got a little space next to DeAndre Yedlin and his finish – a curler over the target and inside the far post – was great.
And reason enough to block all advances.
Chelsea midfielder N & # 39; Golo Kante seems to clear the ball, as Newcastle-winger Christian Atsu exerts some pressure
Chelsea defender David Luiz grabs his knee after a collision with Newcastle forward Ayoze Perez in the second period