Premier League: Newcastle's self-inflicted wounds gift Chelsea last minute winner at St James' Park
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Despite it just being their third game of the season, the matchup against Newcastle would be pivotal in Maurizio Sarri’s plan to become a title contender. In a game littered with tonnes of late drama and controversies, Chelsea claimed a 2-1 victory over Rafa Benitez's Newcastle United. Chelsea
have seemingly adapted well to their Sarri’s new style of play, having claimed victory in their first two matches of the season. But despite having a relatively optimistic build up to the game, Chelsea seemed to struggle to break down the Magpies’ well organised and solid defence.
Benitez's defensive tactics against the blues have deservedly been deemed as him opting to park the bus, facing some criticism from fans who would’ve preferred a more attacking style of play. But with the owners neglecting to match the Spaniard’s sending ambitions, the defensive style of play may be the Magpies only real option when matching up against the talented ranks of the top six.
The first hour drifted with neither team making any real headway. Despite retaining the ball for ridiculous levels of time, Chelsea looked frustrated as they consistently failed to find the back of the net.
Solomon Rondon, Newcastle’s only striker, had an understandably quiet game as Newcastle readied themselves for the counter-attack, but the consistent Chelsea attacks finally paid off with only 15 minutes left in the match.
In a heavy, yet controversial, tackle, Newcastle’s Fabian Schar brought down Marcos Alonso in the Newcastle penalty area. The tackle was deemed worthy of a penalty despite replays showing the defender managing to claim the ball first, a decision will undoubtedly renew calls for VAR to be installed in the Premier League.
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