Chelsea didn’t suffer an international break hangover as their “all guns blazing” approach saw them ease to victory against Newcastle United.
Frank Lampard’s side secured a routine 2-0 win at St James’ Park to move them top of the Premier League table.
Federico Fernandez’s own goal gave Chelsea the ideal start after 10 minutes and only the athleticism of Karl Darlow kept it at 1-0, denying Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham.
Abraham did make the game safe in the second half, finishing clinically from Werner’s impressive lay-off.
Click to play
Tap to play
The video will auto-play soon8Cancel
Lampard was missing a number of key players – Thiago Silva, Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic among them – after a gruelling international break and had complained in the build up about the poor scheduling of then having to kick-off at midday on a Saturday.
But goalscorer Abraham said they didn’t let that fact distract them, as their fitness levels and finishing instincts in the second half allowed them to kill off any optimism from the hosts.
“Fantastic result, we dug deep,” Abraham told BT Sport. “Coming here, it’s never an easy place to come and get three points, but we did that today. It was 1-0 for a long time, and they created a few chances, but so did we, but we defended well and got the second goal.
“We know we ended well, and we didn’t let the international break distract us. We had to come out all guns blazing, and that’s what we did today. It was a massive three points.”
Chelsea were in the ascendancy throughout in the north east, but there was always a slice of doubt over the result with the score at 1-0. That was until Abraham slotted home his fifth goal of the season.
“These games are tricky, when you’re 1-0 up and you can’t get that second goal,” he said. “You’re creating a few chances and…