Chelsea truly looked like title challengers as they eased to victory over Newcastle.
Frank Lampard’s men were in cruise control as they wiped the Toon aside with thanks to an own goal from Federico Fernandez and Tammy Abraham.
In truth, Chelsea made harder work of the game than they would have liked.
The early lead, after Mason Mount’s cross was bundled home at the back post by the unfortunate Fernandez, should have been much more comfortable with chances from Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and Abraham going by the wayside.
But when Abraham fired home from Werner’s lay-off in the second half, Chelsea’s performance got the gloss it deserved.
So, who were the winners and who were the losers? Here’s how we rated the performances…
Chelsea secured a dominant victory over Newcastle on Saturday afternoon
WINNERS Antonio Rudiger
Rudiger puts on a block during Chelsea’s win
It was a chance for redemption for Rudiger in the Chelsea team, with Thiago Silva unable to play, with Rudiger been given the nod as his replacement.
And he probably couldn’t have done much more.
Yes, he will play against better strikers in the coming weeks if he keeps his spot – given Callum Wilson was missing for Newcastle – but this was a steady and composed performance. Frank Lampard will be pleased.
Werner did everything but score for Chelsea during the game
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It would be to say that Werner hasn’t quite hit the heights expected of him so far this season since joining Chelsea. Has he been good? Yes. Has he been great? Probably not.
But the German came firing out of the blocks at St James’ Park and twice looked like a serious threat down the left-hand side in the opening stages of the game – once forcing a stunning low save out of Karl Darlow.
He also nabbed the ball from Fabian Schar in the second half to leave Chelsea…