Chelsea was without injured skipper John Terry and left vice-captain Frank Lampard on the bench, but still had enough quality and experience to dominate against a good Magpies side. The victory saw the Blues maintain their perfect start to the new season and return to the top of the fledgling league table.
Fernando Torres produced a masterclass in forward play to help Chelsea to a deserved victory over Newcastle. The Blues attack were at their fluent best, with £32m signing Eden Hazard scoring his first goal for the club when he converted from the spot after Torres was fouled by Vurnon Anita. The Spain striker made it 2-0 before the break, latching on to Hazard’s backheel to rifle in from 18 yards.
The Spaniard ended his 24-game goalscoring drought when Andre Villas-Boas was replaced and was then influential in guiding Chelsea to the Champions League title and helping Spain retain the European Championship.
And on Saturday, under dark rainclouds at Stamford Bridge, Torres once again shone brightly. His first contribution came midway through the first half, when he outwitted Davide Santon with a change of pace before he was tripped in the area by his next obstacle, Anita.
Hazard, who along with Juan Mata and Torres, graced the pitch with numerous magical moments, converted low to Tim Krul’s right.
The Belgian playmaker then provided the key touch for Torres as he delivered a powerful strike past the reach of Newcastle Dutch keeper for Chelsea’s second. It was the Spaniard’s sixth goal in nine games for club and country. The Blues’ defence was barely tested in the first half, but were made to work a little harder after the break. France midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa was his usual precocious self, frequently teasing Chelsea’s right.
He was rarely given a sight on goal though, and when he did on one occasion, the former Marseille player dragged his low shot wide of Petr Cech’s left-hand upright. Demba Ba, who scored in Newcastle’s opening-day victory over Tottenham, had the Magpies’ best chances – forcing two good saves from Cech and heading over from six yards.
With 90 minutes on the clock Luiz required treatment after a clash of heads with Ba as the two contested another Marveaux cross. Despite requiring a bandage after suffering a nasty cut, the Brazil defender was untroubled for the five minutes of additional time as Chelsea saw out the remainder of the game without incident.
The victory never looked in much doubt as The Blues make it three league wins out of three in 2012-13. Hope to keep this momentum running till the end!!!
- EPL Match Recap-25 August 2012 (rottengambol.wordpress.com)
- Chelsea v Newcastle team news: Terry out with back injury and Coloccini and Ba both doubtful (mirror.co.uk)
- Chelsea v Newcastle United – as it happened | Scott Murray (guardian.co.uk)
- Chelsea 4-2 Reading: Match report, pictures and video highlights (thesun.co.uk)
- English Premier League Preview: Chelsea vs. Newcastle United (blogs.bettor.com)