Date: 13th May 2018 at 5:06pm
Written by:
Newcastle United
3 – 0
Chelsea

St James Park

Premier League

13/05/2018 3:00 pm

Attendance: 52294

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Newcastle United Chelsea
Gayle (23), Pérez (59, 63)
Dubravka Courtois
Yedlin Azpilicueta
Lascelles Cahill
Lejuene Christensen
Dummett Emerson
Shelvey Moses
Diame 87 Kante
Ritchie 72 Bakayoko
 
Pérez Barkley 77
Gayle 48 Giroud 76
Murphy Hazard 82

Substitutes

Hayden 72 Caballero
Manquillo Rudiger
Joselu 48 Alonso
Merino Fabregas
Haidara 87 Morata 76
Darlow Pedro 82
Gámez Willian 77

Game Statistics

16 Goal attempts 6
6 On Target 2
4 Corners 2
11 Fouls 10
0 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
42 % 58

Is disappointing the right word to use after watching that display, or should I select a stronger word?

When you consider Chelsea were on the cusp of Champions League qualification, if they won this fixture and Liverpool were to lose at home to Brighton, the performance given today was rank.

With the FA Cup Final to come next weekend, against Manchester United, Antonio Conte gave several players the chance to stake a claim for a place in the starting eleven, but on the evidence of today, Conte must be pondering who to select for the showdown with Mourinho.

This afternoon, Chelsea’s defence looked rocky, the midfield looked cumbersome and the attack looked as if they were never going to score and this against a team that has been linked with relegation for most of the season.

It really was a sorry state of affairs and one that has worrying ramifications with a Europa League campaign to navigate next season.

But who’s to blame?

Conte, the players or the board who have let the manager down so badly when it comes to acquiring transfer targets?

Next weekend could be another harsh reminder but, on the other hand, knowing Chelsea, we’re just as likely to cover ourselves in glory, that’s what supporting Chelsea is all about is it not?

 

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