NEWCASTLE: Chelsea turned the seventh membership to prime the Premier League standings this season after a 2-0 victory at Newcastle United on Saturday courtesy of an personal aim by Federico Fernandez and Tammy Abraham‘s second-half effort.
Frank Lampard’s aspect dominated earlier than the break and took the lead within the tenth minute when Fernandez, beneath strain from Ben Chilwell, turned in Mason Mount‘s cross.
Chelsea actually ought to have been out of sight with Timo Werner responsible of lacking some gilt-edged probabilities however Newcastle got here alive after the break.
Isaac Hayden squandered an incredible likelihood to equalise on the hour however a couple of minutes later Werner burst by way of on aim earlier than passing to Abraham to double Chelsea’s lead.
Sean Longstaff got here shut for Newcastle when his rising drive clipped the crossbar however Chelsea may have scored extra with Werner having a aim dominated out for offside.
Chelsea’s third successive league win lifted them stage on 18 factors with Leicester Metropolis however are prime due to a greater aim distinction. Leicester face Liverpool on Sunday.
Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur may each substitute Chelsea on the prime afterward Saturday.
After an enormous funding within the squad, Chelsea are starting to point out the consistency for a title problem after one thing of a combined begin to the brand new marketing campaign.
Saturday’s win was extra snug than the scoreline suggests with Newcastle having just one shot on the right track.
Chelsea’s issues within the goalkeeping division additionally look to be solved with Edouard Mendy protecting a seventh clear sheet in his 9 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions.
“We put the sport away with an expert efficiency,” Lampard mentioned. “The result’s key as a result of the Premier League is hard and relentless.
“It is pleasing, however I am not going to get enthusiastic about being on the prime of the desk for 5 minutes. It is a lengthy season.”
Argentine Fernandez was a little bit unlucky to offer Chelsea the lead however the hosts have been indebted to goalkeeper Karl Darlow as he made saves from Werner and Abraham.
Newcastle have been extra optimistic after the break with the damaging Allan Saint-Maximin lastly getting some service and Hayden ought to have executed higher than scoop a shot over the bar when by way of on aim with solely Mendy to beat.
However Chelsea, with defender Antonio Rudiger beginning his first league recreation of the season, rode the mini-storm earlier than regaining management to win with ease.
Newcastle’s third residence defeat of the season left them on 11 factors from 9 video games.