In our 900th match since Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003, the Blues improved our 61.5 per cent win rate thanks to a 2-1 victory over Newcastle...
We have lost only one of our 23 home Premier League games against the Magpies, with our last defeat coming in May 2012, and extended our unbeaten league run this term to four matches, winning three of those and drawing once.
We had 10 shots on goal, with our two goalscorers sharing seven of them. Pedro had a game-high four, while Willian was one behind him. All of the Spaniard’s efforts were on target, including our opening goal. He has now scored three in his two Premier League starts against Newcastle at Stamford Bridge. It is the joint most he has netted against a team in the competition, having also scored three against Bournemouth.
We bossed possession, seeing 65.8 per cent of the ball. Jorginho made 101 passes, the most of anyone on the pitch, with Cesar Azpilicuta on 87 and David Luiz on 84. The latter of those three was arguably the pass of the match when his 70-yard ball set up Pedro and the Brazilian has now assisted twice in his last three top-flight games.
Eden Hazard produced the assist for Willian’s winner – our 60th goal in all competitions this season – and became one of only two players in Europe’s top five leagues to have both scored and assisted 10 or more goals in the league this term, along with Lionel Messi. The Belgian also made the most successful dribbles in the game with three.
Jorginho made four successful tackles, the highest of Chelsea’s players, while Cesar Azpilicueta won eight of his aerial duels, three ahead of the next best which was Newcastle’s Salomon Rondon. David Luiz, Willian and Toni Rudiger all had a 100 per cent tackle success rate.