‘A different beast this season’ – National media’s verdict on Chelsea’s win over Newcastle

For a few short hours, Chelsea were top of the Premier League again after their 2-0 win over Newcastle on Saturday.

Summer signings Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell and Edouard Mendy all played their part in the away win for Frank Lampard’s side.

The Blues currently sit second behind Spurs, after they beat Manchester City 2-0, but could be leapfrogged by Leicester City, Liverpool, or Southampton in the next day or so.

And next up for Chelsea is a mouth-watering tie at home to Tottenham on Sunday, November 29.

Here is what the national press thought of the win on Tyneside which extended their unbeaten run to nine games in all competitions.

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The Sun

Simon Phillips wrote for The Sun that Chelsea won yesterday without having to get into second gear.

“Chelsea are turning into a different kind of beast this season under Frank Lampard,” he wrote.

“Last season we would often witness the struggles and frustrations as Lampard’s side bossed games but struggled to finish teams off.

“As is becoming a regular feature in the Premier League, the ‘lesser’ teams often choose to play with a very low defensive block, making it hard for even the top sides to break them down.

“They will sit deep and put numbers behind the ball, very rarely over-committing to try and win it back.

“It can work a treat for sides trying to grind out results and nick a win.

“We saw it be successful on many occasions last season when teams could not match up man-to-man in terms of quality.

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“Chelsea were often one of the teams on the receiving end of the low-block tactic.

“Add that to their problems at the back and having one of the leakiest defences in the league, their progress was stunted.”

He added: “Chelsea have now gone top of the table, and they didn’t even really have to get out of second…