Chelsea leave St. James Park with a crucial 3 points after wasting several chances early in the first half and capitalize on Newcastle’s blunders in the final third. Take a look at Chelsea’s individual performances and player ratings from our 2-0 win!
Édouard Mendy – 7
The Senegalese goalkeeper once again remained calm and looked confident between the sticks reassuring the Blues in crucial moments. Mendy was more involved in the second half as Newcastle grew into the game and dealt with most of the danger with ease. Some sloppy passes but a overall solid performance from Chelsea’s new #1.
Reece James – 8
The young Chelsea graduate continued to impress and distinguished himself against the tricky Allan Saint-Maximin comfortably. Reece was a threat from the right-hand side delivering fruitful crosses into the path of our front line but unfortunately did not a get an assist. Reece also completed the most tackles out of the Chelsea squad (3) and possessed an impressive 93% pass rate along with 6 strong recoveries. He finished among the many candidates for MOTM.
Kurt Zouma – 7
After being called up by French national team in over a year, Zouma returns to the side and helped the Blues secure 3 valuable points. The French defender won several aerial duels and successfully won 9 duels out of 14. He was also the most accurate passer of the Chelsea squad (96% pass rate) to play 45 min or more.
Antonio Rüdiger – 7
The German defender made his return to the starting eleven after his Krasnodar start 4 weeks ago. Antonio won 50% of his duels and was on the losing end of his aerial duels but remained composed under pressure and cleared his lines well. His vocal presence was noted as he kept communicating with his teammates all throughout the afternoon ending the night in good fashion.
Ben Chilwell – 6
Chilly B was a doubt for this game after a sore back he sustained in International break. He started nonetheless and was a glaring focal point down our left wing channels. Ben helped Chelsea spread the Newcastle defense linking up with Mount and Werner in the wide areas. Rest of stats are as follows: 93 touches, 61 accurate passes 4/6 duels won, 3 clearances, 1 tackle, 1/2 aerials won, 1 interception, and 4 recoveries.
N’golo Kanté – 8
One of Chelsea’s best players on the pitch, N’golo once again shined in a deep role and helped the Blues cruise to victory. Kanté constantly disrupted Newcastle’s attack with his mastery of defensive awareness and patrolled our back four superbly. Rest of stats are as follows: 89% pass rate, 67 accurate passes, 4 accurate long balls, 4 duels won, 2 clearances, 1 tackle, 3 interceptions, 5 recoveries.
Mason Mount – 7
Mason was one of the quiet ones this afternoon as he went under the radar in terms of credibility. His contributions needs to be praised as he was one the many reasons why Chelsea were so efficient in midfield. Mount created the most chances out of the squad (3) and possessed 52 accurate passes in the final third. He won 6 out of 9 duels and tracked back with due diligence defensively. A positive outing from the young Englishman and reminder why he’s so essential to our squad.
Mateo Kovačić – 7
The Croatian midfielder shined in his new #8 role against the Toon after scoring a brace of goals in International duty. Kova thrived alongside Mason Mount linking up with the front line and creating attacking opportunities in the final third. His best moment came in the second half where he delivered a perfect over the top pass to find Mason Mount on the edge of the box who unfortunately scruffed the shooting chance. Mateo finished the night with 3 chances created, 94% pass rate, 67 accurate passes, 2 accurate long balls, 84 touches, 3 duels won and 2/2 dribbles completed.
Hakim Ziyech – 7
The Moroccan Wizard from Amsterdam had his best output in the first half where he was repeatedly spraying long balls to the left channels. Many Chelsea players were not able to capitalize on the chances but Ziyech’s skillful distribution was well felt by the home side.
Timo Werner – 7
Timo’s shooting boots were regrettably left at Cobham as the German talisman failed to get on the scoresheet after squandering several opportunities. Werner was heavily involved in the attack and should’ve scored but he ultimately helped Chelsea capture the second goal in electrifying fashion. Timo made amends for his misses after slicing through the Newcastle defense with ease and giving Tammy the chance to score the much needed second goal.
Tammy Abraham – 8
Chelsea were in desperate need for a second goal in the second half after the Magpies were growing into the game. Who was the one to answer the call? Tammy Abraham. The English striker was a huge focal point in the attack and acting as a target man to create 1-2s in the final third. Tammy was voted the MOTM and recorded his 3rd goal of the season, (5 in all competitions).
Callum Hudson-Odoi – 6
The starboy from Cobham was subbed on for Timo Werner in the 76th minute. He looked dynamic and direct whenever on the ball. A good solid cameo for Callum to help boost his confidence.
Emerson – 6
The Italian fullback came on for Ben Chilwell in the last 8 minutes and was immediately tested. Miguel Almirón was persistently going at Emerson in 1v1 situations. Emerson was able to get some key headers and interceptions in the last few moments to deny Newcastle from getting a late goal.
Olivier Giroud N/A
Olivier was only given 7 minutes after substituting off Hakim Ziyech in the 86th minute but almost managed to score. A wonderful pass from one of our players allowed Giroud to volley a shot between the Newcastle defenders but the linesman ruled it offside.
– Statistics from FotMob football app.