Newcastle’s worrying physique language, Kepa’s damning reward and the reality about ‘depleted’ aspect
There was speak of Newcastle United mounting a prime 10 problem not so way back, however the Magpies are drifting and nervously trying over their shoulder in seventeenth place. Or at the very least they need to be.
Though Newcastle had 9 days to organize for the journey to Chelsea, you wouldn’t have recognized it by the best way the torpid black-and-whites began Monday evening’s recreation.
We’ve got seen some loopy outcomes throughout the pandemic however an upset was by no means on the playing cards within the capital. It was as if a few of these concerned didn’t realise the state of affairs Newcastle are in: a relegation dogfight.
Chelsea usually are not essentially the most vocal of sides however, damningly, Thomas Tuchel’s gamers have been typically the loudest on the sector; Newcastle have been ragged on the again, disorganised at set-pieces and all too quiet. The place was the struggle?
Journeys to the highest six could not resolve Newcastle’s destiny this season however that was no excuse for the lifeless, flat efficiency supporters needed to sit via within the first half particularly.
It was continuously talked about on Sky Sports activities’ protection how Newcastle have been ‘depleted’ and, sure, the Magpies have been with out Callum Wilson, Fabian Schar, Javier Manquillo and Federico Fernandez. Nevertheless, by the identical token, spirited Newcastle defeated Southampton with 9 males final day trip when Jamaal Lascelles and Ciaran Clark have been amongst these lacking.
West Brom and Fulham could have rallied over the weekend however this was a worrying exhibiting from Newcastle because the black-and-whites suffered their thirteenth league defeat of the marketing campaign.
Whereas Chelsea have been revitalised by the appointment of Thomas Tuchel, Newcastle, finally, made the hosts seem like title challengers and we didn’t see that very same depth that was so essential to current wins towards Everton and Southampton.
Kepa, for all his vulnerabilities, was not even examined within the first half and the shaky Chelsea goalkeeper ended up conserving his first clear sheet within the Premier League since July. That’s quite damning.
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