Three things Thomas Tuchel got right and one he got wrong as Chelsea overcome Newcastle

Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea remain top of the Premier League after their 3-0 win over Newcastle at St James’ Park on Saturday.

Chelsea had to dig deep for the victory as Newcastle’s defence was resolute and made themselves difficult to break down.

But Chelsea eventually broke through, with Reece James netting twice with two fantastic efforts, before Jorginho made sure of the win from the penalty spot late on.

Newcastle’s new ownership hasn’t given them the boost they would have hoped for, and the Magpies are still winless in the Premier League this season.

Here we take a look at three things Tuchel got right and one he got wrong against Newcastle.

Showing faith in Reece James

Reece James scored twice for Chelsea against Newcastle
Reece James scored twice for Chelsea against Newcastle

Chelsea had been relentless all game but had nothing to show for it.

That’s until Reece James popped up with a fantastic half volley inside the box, which found it’s way into the top corner of Karl Darlow’s net.

The England right-back then scored again 12 minutes later when he unleashed another shot, which left Darlow with absolutely no chance.

Putting Kante straight back into the side

N'Golo Kante made an impressive return to the side
N’Golo Kante 

The Frenchman picked up a muscle injury in training before the game against Norwich, forcing him to miss that fixture as well as the midweek win over Southampton.

Kante marked his return to the starting XI by making his 200th Premier League appearance for the Blues, and as is usually the case, it was a solid one.

The 30-year-old commanded the middle of the park with ease, alongside Jorginho and Chelsea fans will be excited to see him return to the side following a spell on the sidelines.

Starting Hakim Ziyech

Hakim Ziyech almost scored for Chelsea at St James' Park
Hakim Ziyech almost scored for Chelsea at St James’ Park

Ziyech made his first start for Chelsea since their 2-0 defeat against Juventus in the Champions League last month and the forward looked lively.

The 28-year-old was a threat going forward, but also proved valuable with his defensive work rate for Tuchel’s side.

Ziyech thought he had given his side the lead when his fantastic curling effort found its way into the top corner of Darlow’s net, only for it to be chalked off for offside.

The Moroccan should have done better when he fired over from close range after excellent work from James.

Ziyech almost scored again with an excellent free-kick from distance, which was inches away from the back of the net, before he hit the bar in the second-half.

Lack of striking options

Kai Havertz led the line for Chelsea against Newcastle
Kai Havertz led the line for Chelsea against Newcastle

Although Chelsea caused problems for Newcastle’s defence, their display on the whole, showed their failure to not have a back-up for Romelu Lukaku is a problem.

While Kai Havertz looked threatening at times, the German is not an out and out striker and Chelsea lacked a focal point in attack.

Havertz performed well in the midweek Carabao Cup win against Southampton, but they missed Lukaku against Newcastle.

Having both Lukaku and Timo Werner out injured is unfortunate, but perhaps the Blues should have kept hold of Tammy Abraham in the summer.


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