NEWCASTLE: Chelsea grew to become the seventh membership to top the Premier League standings this season after a 2-0 victory at Newcastle United on Saturday courtesy of an personal purpose 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, underneath 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 amazing probability to equalise on the hour however a couple of minutes later Werner burst by way of on purpose 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 purpose dominated out for offside.
Chelsea’s third successive league win lifted them stage on 18 factors with Leicester City however are top due to a greater purpose distinction. Leicester face Liverpool on Sunday.
Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur may each exchange Chelsea at the top in a while Saturday.
After an enormous funding within the squad, Chelsea are starting to indicate the consistency for a title problem after one thing of a blended begin to the brand new marketing campaign.
Saturday’s win was extra snug than the scoreline suggests with Newcastle having just one shot heading in the right direction.
Chelsea’s issues within the goalkeeping division additionally look to be solved with Edouard Mendy retaining a seventh clear sheet in his 9 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions.
“We put the game away with a professional performance,” Lampard mentioned. “The result is key because the Premier League is tough and relentless.
“It’s pleasing, however I’m not going to get enthusiastic about being at the top of the desk for 5 minutes. It’s a protracted season.”
Argentine Fernandez was a little bit unlucky to present 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 accomplished higher than scoop a shot over the bar when by way of on purpose with solely Mendy to beat.
But 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 dwelling defeat of the season left them on 11 factors from 9 video games.