NEWcastle, England – Newcastle continued their remarkable opening season form with a 1-0 win over Chelsea at St James’s Park. Joe Willock got the only goal of a game that ended with players and coaches on both sides pushing and pushing to the edge of the Newcastle penalty area.
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Eddie Howe’s side took a leap of honor after the final whistle and will resume the Premier League season in the third after the start of the campaign, which has seen them lose just once. Chelsea, meanwhile, entered the World Cup break with a disappointing four defeats in their last five matches in all competitions.
1. World Cup break comes at wrong time for Newcastle, right time for Chelsea
Eddie Howe and Graham Potter will have very different feelings whenever they look at the table over the next six weeks. Newcastle are third, just two points behind champions Manchester City, and ensured they would be in the Premier League top four at Christmas for the first time since the 2001–02 season.
Meanwhile, Chelsea have now lost three consecutive Premier League games for just the second time in this century and will be out of the top four at Christmas for just the third time in the past 21 years. Newcastle have won five consecutive league games and Howe would be forgiven for thinking the World Cup has come at the wrong time. He can only hope that the impressive momentum his team has built up remains when domestic football resumes after the World Cup.
In the second dug-out, Potter looks like a man who needs a break. Parachute to the job in the middle of the season following the dismissal of Thomas Tuchel, the former Brighton boss has had little time to breathe since taking over at Stamford Bridge in September and after a good start at his new job, Chelsea just Lame for the break with two. He won his last eight matches.
2. Newcastle aiming for the Champions League
The debate at the start of the season was whether Newcastle could break into the top six. The debate during the World Cup break should be over whether they can make it to the top four and qualify for next season’s Champions League. On paper their 1-0 win over Chelsea looked narrow but it was much wider than the suggested scoreline. The home team was on top for most of the game and deserved Willock’s fine goal when he reached the middle of the second half.
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While Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham, Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea will all play in Europe in the new year, Newcastle will have the advantage of playing just one game a week until the end of the season. This would give Howe more time to prepare his team and give his players significant rest in between games and should not be discounted as Champions League candidates.
Against Chelsea, Nick Pope put up a fine defense from Conor Gallagher, Sven Boutman defended well and Miguel Almiron fought as hard as ever. Even without key players like Alexander Isaacs and Alain Saint-Maximin, it is still a very good side and the rest of the Premier League’s traditional top six have been warned.
3. Trippier and Pulisic preview England vs USA
England and America will have to wait until 25 November for a Group B performance in Qatar, but the second half at St James’s Park turned into a short preview, with Christian Pulisic lined up against Kieran Trippier. Pulisic was left on the bench after starting the Carabao Cup tie with Manchester City in midweek, but came off at half-time at the expense of Cesar Azpilicueta and was dodged almost immediately by Tripper – England’s debut in the world. There was a right-back. Cup – on the half line. Trippier was well booked, but when the pair came together moments later it was the Newcastle right-back who won the double.
Pulisic picked up the ball from Chelsea’s left side, but as his dart looked dangerous in the penalty area, it was skillfully shooed away by the England man. Pulisic had a run and a cross that drew enthusiastic praise from Potter, but other than that Trippier was in control every time he faced both. The next time Pulisic and Trippier see each other they will be in Qatar with – possibly – a place in the second round of the World Cup at stake.
Newcastle: Pope 8, Trippier 8, Burn 7, Bottomman 7, Shar 7, Longstaff 7, Guimares 7, Joelinton 7, Willock 7, Almiron 7, Wood 5.
Membership: Wilson 6, Murphy 6, Target 6.
Chelsea: Mendy 6, Azpilicueta 6, Koulibaly 5, Chaloba 6, Hall 7, Loftus-Cheek 5, Jorginho 6, Kovacic 5, Gallagher 6, Mt 5, Broja 6.
Membership: Silva 6, Pulisic 6, Cucurella 6, Havertz 6, Ziyech 6.
best and worst performers
Best: Kieran Trippier
Mature performance from a seasoned defender and he kept Pulisic very calm.
Worst: Mason Mount
The England midfielder had barely seen the ball in his last appearance before the World Cup and was quickly replaced.
Highlights and notable moments
Newcastle looked on the better side and scored a well-deserved goal in the second half.
Newcastle took the lead over Chelsea in the middle of the second half. @NBCSportsSoccer
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Almiron has been in form this season in his life.
Miguel Almiron’s last 8 Premier League games for Newcastle:
vs manchester united
vs Aston Villa
️ vs Chelsea
the form of their life. I pic.twitter.com/8n96tinQUU
— Statesman Dave (@StatmanDave) 12 November 2022
What the players and managers said after the match
Graham Potter on going into World Cup break after poor form: “We can’t do anything about it [the break] And we have to use that as a positive. we’ll have some players back [from injury] And we can use the time again to focus, reflect, and get ready for the second half of the season. There’s a lot of football to play, a lot of learning that has happened in the last eight weeks and breaks, we have to use it as positively as possible.”
Eddie Howe on Newcastle’s form: “We just want to get as many points as possible. The players deserve a lot of credit, it was with our best performance this season. I really don’t know about it. [qualifying for Europe], We haven’t thought about any permutations or results, we’ve just tried to win them and I think that’s the best way to attack in the second half of the season as well.”
– Chelsea have now failed to score in the first half in each of their last five Premier League games.
– This is Newcastle’s longest unbeaten run in the PL since the 14-match run between May–November. 2011.
– The last time Chelsea won five or more games in the PL was in 2012, when they went seven games without a win.
Newcastle: Eddie Howe’s side goes high in the break of the World Cup, and will have a friendly against Rayo Vallecano on 17 December, followed by the Premier League at Leicester City, before the Carabao Cup match against Bournemouth on 17 December.
Chelsea: Potter’s men are in trouble when they host Bournemouth on 27 December, followed by a trip to Nottingham Forest on 1 January and then clash against Man City on 5 January.