Date: 27th August 2018 at 9:52am
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Against Newcastle United, Chelsea bucked the trend and claimed a deserved victory.

In recent times, St James Park hasn’t been the most productive of grounds when it comes to getting a result, the last five visits have yielded just one point.

Against Newcastle, Chelsea had to be patient as our former caretaker manager, Rafael Benitez, chose to play a defensive game that saw his side have ten men behind the ball for much of the game.

Indeed, such was Chelsea’s dominance, Sarri’s side had an unprecedented 81% of the possession.

Chances were few and far between and as it turned out there was an element of controversy with all three goals.

Rafael Benitez though the penalty decision, in favour of Chelsea, was harsh and he also thought the free-kick that led to Chelsea’s winner was harsh, but then again he would.

Chelsea, meanwhile, will argue that Yedlin should never have been allowed to deliver the cross for Joselu’s equalise as he’d clearly elbowed Giroud in the face as he won the ball.

But, let bygones be bygones, we’ve something far more important for you to mull over.

Here at Vital Chelsea, we need you to decide, using our new feature, who you thought was the man-of-the-match.

Please take time to rate the players, it’s easy and provides us with the information we need.

 

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