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August 25, 2012 10:00 PM IST
Stamford Bridge — London
Referee:‬ P. Dowd‎
Attendance:‬ 41718‎
 
22′ (PG) Eden Hazard
 
45+3′ Fernando Torres
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Chelsea 2-0 Newcastle

The Blues go back to the summit of the Premier League as Eden Hazard delivers another midfield masterclass and Fernando Torres hints at a return to his best form

By Liam Twomey

  • Petr Cech
    66
    2
    3.00

    Petr Cech

    Had little to do in truth, as the finishing from Newcastle's much-vaunted attackers was uncharacteristically poor. But he commanded his area well and made the saves he had to.

  • Branislav Ivanovic
    64
    4
    3.50

    Branislav Ivanovic

    A muscular presence at full-back, and his increased sense of adventure this season has made him a formidable attacking threat, from set-pieces and open play.

  • Ashley Cole
    51
    15
    2.50

    Ashley Cole

    Looked worried by Ben Arfa's trickery whenever the Frenchman was given license to run at him, and didn't contribute going forward as much as usual.

  • David Luiz
    58
    8
    2.50

    David Luiz

    Won most of his aerial duels and was fairly solid positionally, but took a few too many chances in possession which caused his team some scary moments.

  • Gary Cahill
    56
    2
    3.00

    Gary Cahill

    A more composed presence in the heart of defence alongside Luiz, and generally handled the formidable threat of Ba and Cisse quite well.

  • Ryan Bertrand
    51
    14
    2.50

    Ryan Bertrand

    Provided an extra body to try and deal with Ben Arfa down the left, but the Frenchman still caused problems. He didn't carry too much of a threat in the opposition half, but then, that wasn't his main job.

  • John Obi Mikel
    59
    11
    3.00

    John Obi Mikel

    Used his strength and awareness to make interceptions and use the ball intelligently, if unspectacularly.

  • Raúl Meireles
    40
    19
    2.50

    Raúl Meireles

    Tasked with providing the service for Mata, Hazard and Torres, his success in the role was decidedly mixed, as he too often made the wrong decision on the ball.

  • Eden Hazard
    136
    18
    4.00

    Eden Hazard Top of the Match

    Once again the outstanding player on the pitch. He demanded the ball all over the field, held off opponents and found his team-mates almost at will. He took time to blossom in the match but, by the time he unleashed a spectacular back-heel assist for Torres on the stroke of half-time, he was in full flow.

  • Fernando Torres
    153
    4
    4.00

    Fernando Torres

    Looked isolated up front at the start, but as soon as Hazard and Mata came into close proximity, he sprang into life. His dribble to win his team a penalty was excellent, and his finish for his side's second was vintage Torres.

  • Juan Mata
    85
    3
    3.50

    Juan Mata

    He's still looking for a way to share both the pitch and the plaudits with Hazard, but he rarely looks anything other than a class act and his combinations with the Belgian are already dazzling.

Substitutions

  • Ramires
    45
    13
    2.50

    Ramires

    Wasn't able to use his pace in the final 15 minutes following his introduction, but still did a solid job as Chelsea sat on their two-goal lead.

  • Frank Lampard
    56
    8

    Frank Lampard

    Replaced Meireles with three minutes of normal time remaining.

  • Tim Krul
    8
    16
    3.00

    Tim Krul

    Didn't actually have much to do in terms of saves apart from Chelsea's two goals, which he could do nothing about. Made a decent stop to deny Bertrand from range in the second half.

  • Fabricio Coloccini
    6
    15
    2.50

    Fabricio Coloccini

    Looked slightly rusty on his return from injury, and resorted to cynically fouling Torres whenever the Spaniard threatened to burst past him. The fact that he wasn't booked, however, shows he at least did that well.

  • Davide Santon
    7
    14
    2.50

    Davide Santon

    Got forward whenever his team held onto the ball long enough to craft an attack, and didn't really have a direct opponent on the pitch as Mata and Hazard drifted all over the place.

  • Danny Simpson
    5
    16
    2.50

    Danny Simpson

    Should probably be grateful Hazard didn't stick to his flank, because he didn't seem to have too much of an idea of how to deal with him.

  • Steven Taylor
    4
    13
    2.50

    Steven Taylor

    A bit sharper in the tackle than Coloccini at the heart of the Toon defence and used the ball sensibly, but still came off second best in his battles with Torres.

  • Yohan Cabaye
    6
    15
    2.50

    Yohan Cabaye

    His team's relative lack of possession meant he didn't get as many chances to make the play as usual, but he wasted most of the opportunities he got to cause problems from set-pieces.

  • Vurnon Anita
    11
    23
    2.00

    Vurnon Anita Flop of the Match

    Some full-blooded but fair early challenges suggested Newcastle might not miss Cheikh Tiote too much, but a naive foul on Torres in the area handed Chelsea an advantage they never looked like relinquishing.

  • Hatem Ben Arfa
    21
    11
    2.50

    Hatem Ben Arfa

    Looked dangerous with some jinking runs in the first half but his best work was done too far from goal, and he disappeared after the break when his team needed him most.

  • Jonas Gutierrez
    4
    14
    2.50

    Jonas Gutierrez

    Industrious as ever, but he looked clumsy in such technically-accomplished company, and failed to shackle Hazard and Chelsea's other creators.

  • Papiss Cissé
    7
    21
    2.00

    Papiss Cissé

    When he's good, he's very good. When he's not, he's anonymous. Today, unfortunately for Newcastle, was the latter. He got two half-decent sniffs of goal and made very little of either.

  • Demba Ba
    9
    17
    2.50

    Demba Ba

    Troubled the Chelsea defence more than his striking partner Cisse, if only because of his willingness to chase lost causes and put defenders under pressure, but his finishing was wayward.

Substitutions

  • James Perch
    4
    10
    2.50

    James Perch

    Replaced Cabaye with just over 10 minutes left as the Frenchman's legs tired, and offered little more than energy.

  • Ryan Taylor
    4
    10
    3.00

    Ryan Taylor

    Brought on to give his side better delivery from set-pieces, and did exactly that. His team-mates didn't make the most of it.

  • Sylvain Marveaux
    3
    8
    2.50

    Sylvain Marveaux

    Replaced Santon with around 15 minutes remaining to introduce a greater threat down the left, but didn't cause any serious problems.

Results
 
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