The Debrief: Commanding Kovacic controls Chelsea tempo as persistence pays off for Werner

Overall we had 18 efforts, split equally between those attempted with right feet, left feet and head. A third were on target. Alonso’s five shots was more than anyone else. We created four big chances.

Defensive discipline required

As Thomas Tuchel noted, the Blues were less imposing after half-time as Newcastle fought to try and get back into the contest.

Eight of their 10 attempts came in the second half, with six of our 18 in the same timeframe. Our possession and pass completion rate dropped slightly after the break, and we won more corners and tackles in the first half. We were forced into many more clearances at 2-0 up, too (13 to four).

The defence stood firm to record a fourth clean sheet in five league outings. The captain Cesar Azpilicueta was especially impressive, recording Chelsea-high figures for tackles won (five), clearances (four) and interceptions (two).

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