Chelsea legend Ruud Gullit reveals why he feels sorry for Blues star Alvaro Morata
Despite having over three-quarters of possession, Blues striker Alvaro Morata was forced to feed off scraps.
It took a hotly disputed penalty after 76 minutes for Eden Hazard to give the visitors to take the lead.
They were pegged back minutes later when Joselu headed home for Newcastle, but Chelsea grabbed a win through a fortunate own goal.
Former Blues midfielder and manager Ruud Gullit was not impressed with the west London side’s performance.
As a pundit on Match of the Day last night he explained why Maurizio’s Sarris side struggled and why he felt sorry for Morata.
“They had 80 per cent possession but they didn’t do anything with it,” said Gullit.
“I didn’t think they played that well and one of the reasons was the way they used the ball.
“They all wanted to play through the centre of the pitch and it was so easy for Newcastle to defend.
“They couldn’t find any space. Azpilicueta should have used the width of the pitch more but he was scared to.
“And it happened the whole time. 80 per cent possession!
“Get the ball out to the wing and get a good cross in.”
Morata, Chelsea’s record signing at £58m, was restricted to just 20 touches of the ball before Sarri hauled him off after 65 minutes.
“Morata, I feel sorry for him because with this type of possession you can’t score goals,” Gullit added.
“They needed to stretch the opposition by having players high up the pitch which they eventually realised.
“All of a sudden they started getting good crosses in but by that point Morata had been taken off.”
Chelsea are joint top of the Premier League table with Watford and Liverpool, although the Reds lead the way on goal difference.