It was not the perfect day for Chelsea in terms of player performance as the side struggled to play confident and decisive football but with the amount of quality in the team, Chelsea wasn’t going to lose at home to a struggling Newcastle team, which beat them last month to end their unbeaten streak.
It was a rough first half for Chelsea as there weren’t too many chances created and Oscar scored via good improvisation from Willian and Ivanovic from the corner, and the Blues player a little better to provide Costa with a finishing chance to kill the game off. Here are the Player Ratings for Chelsea.
Petr Cech: 8/10
He got his chance as Courtois wasn’t fully fit. Cech was on top of all the shots that came his way and made some crucial saves in the first half when the team was slightly off the pace. He kept a well-deserved clean sheet as a token of a good performance.
Branislav Ivanovic: 7/10
He provided the assist for Oscar’s opener after Willian took a clever quick corner. He was always willing to attack and bombard forward, but left his centre backs exposed at times. He had a pretty decent game otherwise.
Kurt Zouma: 8/10
He did everything within his limits to support John Terry at central defence and gave a solid performance. He had a good measure of Ayoze Perez and kept a clean-sheet on his first Premier League start and would hope that he gets a few more as Cahill and Terry would get their respective rests.
John Terry: 6.5/10
There were a couple of moments in the game where he was left isolated when Cabella took Chelsea’s defence on with his dribbling. His mobility was severely tested by the Frenchman who, for a change got the better of Azpilicueta, and attacked Terry.
Cesar Azpilicueta: 5/10
Not his best day as he injured himself while battling against Cabella. His stretched groin meant that he tried playing for sometime but could no longer continue with Cabella causing riots in his area just after his injury.
Nemanja Matic: 6.5/10
He was decent but was not at his best. He was troubled by Sissokho’s runs from deeper midfield. But then he picked himself up when Chelsea started to dominate.
Cesc Fabregas: 7.5/10
Same as Matic, as the midfield lacked a bit of chemistry on the day where Chelsea forced a win rather than sailing through it. He was the one who kept the passes rolling for the Blues as he showed his class in the second half.
Oscar: 8/10 MOTM
Oscar was the most decisive player on the pitch with a goal and an assist. He performed better than the other players by stepping up his performances especially after the recent games where he was either benched or subbed off early. He combined well with Hazard in the second goal.
Eden Hazard: 7/10
He was quiet for most of the first half as the Newcastle players overwhelmed Chelsea by their pressing and Hazard lost a few fouls. He got himself more involved in passing and build-up in the second half and contributed well in the buildup to the second goal.
Willian was a threat while counter attacking as he had the pace to break out, but his final delivery was not up to the mark. He showed great presence of mind in creating the opportunity for the first goal out of nowhere, catching Newcastle on their heels.
Diego Costa: 7.5/10
Costa was shy of shooting for most part of the first half as he restrained himself from shooting on at least two clear chances, which showed his surprising lack of confidence. But redeemed himself in the second half with a well-taken goal with a clinical finish and then his performance rose with Chelsea dominating.
Filipe Luis: 7.5/10
He played well when he was brought on for the injured Azpilicueta. His overall play was very balanced as he provided good width and movement as well. He also battled well with Cabella.
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