Guest fan blog Mon 4 Dec 2017
It was perhaps apt that our number 10 stole the show as we recorded our tenth win of the season at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Eden Hazard is truly mesmerising to watch when he’s on song, just like he was against Newcastle at the weekend, netting twice and causing the Magpies all sorts of problems during the 3-1 victory.
Throughout Sunday I glanced at a number of websites and newspapers that had given their views on the Stamford Bridge encounter, all including a ‘playing rating’ for each member of the squad, which gave them a mark out of 10 for their performance.
I’ve decided to put my own spin on the ‘traditional’ view and summed up each performance of the Chelsea side using an emoji! Here goes…
🤗 Thibault Courtois
Courtois was largely untested during this game and dealt comfortably with what did come his way. He would have been disappointed to have conceded, but there was little more he could have done to prevent Newcastle’s goal. Safe hands and dependable as always.
Back to the starting XI, after being rested against Swansea during the week, and it was the usual reliable, solid performance from Dave, who led the team well from the back and wore the armband in place of Gary Cahill, who was among the substitutes.
The Dane produced yet another composed and mature performance at the heart of the Chelsea backline and almost scored a brilliant header in the first half, only to be denied by the post. Cool, calm and collected.
The German international followed up his winning goal against Swansea on Wednesday with another solid display on the left of our three-man defence. Rudiger on the whole looked assured and composed himself well after Newcastle’s early goal to put in a fine display.
Moses’ confidence grew as the game progressed and he caused Newcastle some real problems on the right-hand side. His cross led to Morata’s goal and he won Chelsea’s penalty in the second half. A great performance given his recent return from injury.
Another strong performance from N’Golo Kante in the centre of the park, working tirelessly to win the ball and break up any Newcastle play. The French midfielder always works incredibly hard with no fuss or theatrics and is a key player for us.
Drinkwater has slotted into the team very smoothly, considering he was out for several weeks at the start of the season. He made himself known in midfield and pressed well, producing an energetic performance. Linked up well in midfield alongside his former Leicester - and now Blues - teammate, N'Golo Kante.
Alonso was defensively sound for the Blues once again on the left flank, despite Newcastle taking an early lead. He was constantly offering himself as an outlet for his teammates and linked up well with Drinkwater in particular.
Yet another footballing masterclass from the Belgian. He was simply a joy to watch. He had nine shots, six of which were on target, and scored two goals, including a calmly chipped penalty. Without doubt our man of the match.
Another headed goal for Morata this season, bringing his total to 11 - the most for any player in Europe’s top five leagues. Yet again got himself into some great positions in the box and was unlucky not to be awarded a penalty in the first-half. Proving to be a fantastic summer signing so far.
By Hannah Kurzawski