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Chelsea vs. Newcastle United: Live Player Ratings for Both Teams

Chelsea's Eden Hazard, right, celebrates his penalty goal against Newcastle United with teammate Samuel Eto'o during their English Premier League soccer match at Stamford Bridge, London, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
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Karl MatchettFeatured ColumnistFebruary 8, 2014

Chelsea easily swept aside Newcastle United with a 3-0 win in the Premier League on Saturday.

At the break, Chelsea were 2-0 up thanks to a brace from Belgian forward Eden Hazard. Newcastle had no answer to his technique and movement and Hazard completed his hat-trick with a penalty in the second half.

Chelsea Player Ratings
PlayerHTFT
Cech77
Ivanovic66
Cahill77
Luiz77
Azpilicueta67
Matic77
Lampard67
Willian88
Oscar78
Hazard89
Eto'o78
b/r
Newcastle Player Ratings
PlayerHTFT
Krul76
Debuchy6n/a
Williamson55
Taylor65
Dummett65
Anita76
Santon76
Ben Arfa65
Sissoko77
Sammy Ameobi76
de Jong55
b/r

 

Quick first half analysis:

Chelsea have been susceptible to the runs by Moussa Sissoko down the channels and beyond the back four, but other than that it's been a one-way threat. No great presence in the box for the away side means they've struggled to really test Petr Cech.

The home side have dominated possession in midfield, are moving the ball around well to get the three attacking midfielders in space, and from there it's just all about their movement and combination play.

Samuel Eto'o is doing well to allow those three to run off him, with Willian and Hazard the big difference in quality.

 

Quick second half analysis:

Chelsea dominated the midfield and ensured most of the second 45 minutes took place with Newcastle locked in their own half of the pitch, even though there were not many chances created. Without pace and direct play from midfield, Newcastle never managed to get support to de Jong in attack, thus were never a threat.

Hazard and Willian remained the big threats, with Salah and Schurrle doing the same late on as subs.

Chelsea were not spectacular in the second half but absolutely made sure Newcastle had no way into the match, with the points being sealed with the penalty just around the hour mark.

 

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