Chelsea brushed aside Newcastle in a 3-1 victory to keep the pressure on the two Manchester sides.
The Blues were put on the back-foot after Marcos Alonso’s error allowed Dwight Gayle to find the back of Thibaut Courtois’ net and put the visitors in front. You can see that goal by clicking here.
Before long, Antonio Conte’s men were level. Eden Hazard fired the ball into the ground and his effort looped over Kevin Darlow and into the goal. Click here to see that one.
Alvaro Morata gave Chelsea the lead before the half-time break. The returning Victor Moses whipped the ball into the box from the right-hand side. Morata latched onto the end of the Nigerian’s cross and headed home. You can see it here.
Hazard added a third from the penalty spot to wrap up the three points. The Belgian marked Antonin Panenka’s birthday with a beautiful chip from 12-yards.
It was a game that we had to win the keep the pressure on Manchester United, who visit Arsenal later today, and Manchester City, who were 11 points ahead of us going into today’s game. And we did…
Here’s our player ratings:
Courtois 6, Azpilicueta 8, Christensen 8, Rudiger 7, Moses 7, Kante 7, Fabregas 8, Drinkwater 6, Alonso 5, Morata 7, Hazard 9. (Subs: Bakayoko 5, Willian 7, Cahill 6)