Chelsea continued their impressive run of form by overcoming Newcastle United with a 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge. At one point, it felt like the match was going to end in a draw but Marcos Alonso finally managed to score in the 73rd minute to give the Blues the all-important breakthrough.
Despite their win over Manchester United in their previous match, Newcastle did not have much working for them going forward and could not upset the home side.
Here are the three things we learned from the Premier League clash between the Blues and the Magpies -
3. Jorginho's Midfield Masterclass
Jorginho might have had doubters last season under Maurizio Sarri, but he has shut them all up this season under the tutelage of Frank Lampard. The Italian has become a key player with the Englishman at the helm and has shown what he can do when trusted with more responsibility.
The Italian is now a bit more expressive with his passing and is, as a result, more influential. He made 102 passes with an accuracy of 92% and provided six accurate long balls against Newcastle, who found it increasingly difficult to deal with him all over the field.
2. Dubravka Very Good But Could Have Saved the Goal
If it wasn’t for Martin Dubravka, Chelsea might have finished the match with at least three goals to their name. The Newcastle United shot-stopper was a mountain in goal and denied the home side multiple times throughout the match to keep the scores level.
In the end, he was beaten rather tamely by Alonso, whose shot he perhaps should have blocked, but nothing can be taken away from the goalkeeper for his generally outstanding display on the day.
1. Exciting Times Ahead for Chelsea
Even though things didn’t look good for Chelsea at all over the course of the summer – they lost Eden Hazard to Real Madrid and couldn’t sign anyone due to the transfer ban imposed on them – they are doing exceedingly well so far this season.
Their academy players have stood up to the occasion and proved a point: Chelsea’s academy is perhaps the best in England currently. The likes of Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Fikayo Tomori have been great this season and given that this is a young side, the best is yet to come.
That was proven by how Christian Pulisic and Callum Hudson-Odoi linked in the final few minutes to help create the winning goal.
3 things we learned as Chelsea beat Newcastle United 1-0 in the Premier League