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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho vented his frustrations after seeing his side come back from two goals down to draw 2-2 against Newcastle.

A late first half goal from Ayoze Perez and a Georginio Wijnaldum header put Steve McClaren’s side in control. But, a thunderous strike Ramires and a late goal from Willian was enough to steal a point at St. James’ Park.

Despite remaining unbeaten in the last four games in all competitions, Mourinho could find few positives in his side’s performance:

It is a point. That’s what we got,” the Portuguese said to Sky Sports.

Better than to lose but I’m never happy when I don’t win matches.

“In the first half from 0-10, we were -1. Minus one. It was that bad.

“In the second half we played very well. Ramires and Willian moved the game, they brought more intensity, were much more dynamic. Newcastle could not cope with it.

“The referee stops the game too much, but we knew that. We know what he is like.

“I have to try to understand why they can play so bad in one half and so well in the other. We were bad in every aspect of the game. Poor individual performances and it was impossible to be a competitive team.

“We missed [Diego] Costa, of course.”

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Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic has said his side’s first half performance cost them dear as they slipped to a 2-2 draw at Newcastle.

Goals from Ayoze Perez and Georginio Wijnaldum put the home side in control, before late goals from Ramires and Willian salvaged a point for the Blues at St. James’ Park.

After the draw, Ivanovic said it was “a difficult day” for his side:

We know how hard it is in this kind of game,” the Serbian said to BBC Sport.

“We always have bad results here. We did not start well but we reacted and dominated.

“We have a couple of chances to win it but in the end we have to play all of our season like we did at the second half.

“Everyone around the world knows how difficult the Premier League is. Every team is difficult to play and we expect lots of exciting games. It is getting harder and harder.”

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Chelsea have drawn 2-2 away at Newcastle after a game which will give the Blues mixed feelings.

A free kick was put wide by Zouma- the Frenchman shooting from distance after Matic had been fouled. It was an even start with neither side causing a great deal of trouble to the opposing ‘keeper in the opening minutes. The earliest opening came from Chelsea in the 12th minute when Remy failed to divert Ivanovic’s cut back on target in the 11th minute.

Mitrovic put a header past Begovic’s far post a few minutes later, and Newcastle had another encouraging moment straight away when Sissoko put the ball wide from 25 yards as they took more and more of initiative. The home side were clearly invigorated by the home support as the desperately sought to end their terrible start to the season- compounded by Wednesday’s 1-0 loss to Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup.

Chelsea found it difficult to get the ball into the final third, largely as a result of Newcastle’s pressing, and when they did the final ball failed to find the intended teammate.  Newcastle found  the right man when the ball was given to Janmaat inside the penalty area, thankfully for Chelsea his shot was straight at Begovic and the Bosnian was able to push the ball away.

Chelsea’s play began to pick up as the half approached its end, Fabregas had a shot from distance that Krul did well to push away, and Chelsea were appealing for a penalty a minute later when a corner was flicked onto a Newcastle defender’s hand, but it counted for nothing when they conceded the first goal just before the break.

A ball over over the top from the right hand side should have been dealt with easily by either Zouma or Ivanovic, but was instead allowed to fall to Ayoze Perez who finished beyond Begovic from the middle of the penalty box.

It is a goal that could and should have been avoided, but also one that was inevitable given Chelsea’s slow start.

Chelsea’s second half began with better football than at any point in the fist, the passing was much quicker, and the trio of Hazard, Oscar and Fabregas looked much more threatening going forward, as did Pedro on the wings.

Remy forced a fantastic save from Krul when he headed an Ivanovic cross from close range, something for which he was offside anyway. The Frenchman had another attempt from slightly further out but his header went over.

Once again it was after a promising period in the game that led to Chelsea conceding a goal, and once again it was patently avoidable- Wijnaldum heading in from a Perez cross following a corner. Falcao and Willian were brought on for Remy and Matic respectively, but Chelsea failed to get beyond a home side that defended resolutely.

They found it difficult to make clear chances on goal, and it wasn’t until another one of Jose Mourinho’s substitutions- Ramires- involved himself in the game that they did. A superb ball from deep by Zouma found Hazard who cut in from the left and played the ball to the Brazil international, on for his compatriot Oscar, who fired the ball in from 25 yards.

Two attempts to equalise, a blocked shot from Hazard after a long run from left to right and a miss from Pedro when he was clear on goal, were not taken as the game drifted into a thrilling end. A chance to level the score was taken with barely three minutes left, and it was a bizarre goal for one of the other substitutes, Willian’s quick free-kick going past everyone into the goal to Newcastle’s despair.

Ramires forced a save from Krul as Chelsea pushed on looking for the winner. An injury for Newcastle in stoppage time meant a long delay, and Chelsea had one more chance to throw the ball in the box which came to nothing. Chelsea went away with a point that might have been a disappointment at the start of game, but would have been gratefully received when they were 2-0 down.

Chelsea  (4-2-3-1 ):

Begovic, Azpilicueta,Cahill, Zouma, Ivanovic,Matic, Fabregas,Hazard, Oscar, Pedro,Remy

Manager: Jose Mourinho

Newcastle (4-1-4-1):

Krul,Janmaat, Mbemba, Coloccini, Haidara; Colback; Thauvin, Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Perez,Mitrovic

Manager: Steve McClaren

Scorers:

Perez (43)

Venue: St. James’ Park, Newcastle, UK

Referee: Martin Atkinson

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Chelsea are losing 1-0 to Newcastle United at St James’ Park in what has a disappointing first game for the Champions so far.

A free kick was put wide by Zouma- the Frenchman shooting from distance after Matic had been fouled. It was an even start with neither side causing a great deal of trouble to the opposing ‘keeper in the opening minutes. The earliest opening came from Chelsea in the 12th minute when Remy failed to divert Ivanovic’s cut back on target in the 11th minute.

Mitrovic put a header past Begovic’s far post a few minutes later, and Newcastle had another encouraging moment straight away when Sissoko put the ball wide from 25 yards as they took more and more of initiative. The home side were clearly invigorated by the home support as the desperately sought to end their terrible start to the season- compounded by Wednesday’s 1-0 loss to Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup.

Chelsea found it difficult to get the ball into the final third, largely as a result of Newcastle’s pressing, and when they did the final ball failed to find the intended teammate.  Newcastle found  the right man when the ball was given to Janmaat inside the penalty area, thankfully for Chelsea his shot was straight at Begovic and the Bosnian was able to push the ball away.

Chelsea’s play began to pick up as the half approached its end, Fabregas had a shot from distance that Krul did well to push away, and Chelsea were appealing for a penalty a minute later when a corner was flicked onto a Newcastle defender’s hand, but it counted for nothing when they conceded the first goal just before the break. A ball over over the top from the right hand side should have been dealt with easily by either Zouma or Ivanovic, but was instead allowed to fall to Ayoze Perez who finished beyond Begovic from the middle of the penalty box.

It is a goal that could and should have been avoided, but also one that was inevitable given Chelsea’s slow start. If they are to get a result different to ones previously had at St James’ Park then they will have to improve greatly in the second half and not allow the home side to have so much time on the ball, at the same time as finding a way past a very well organised defence.

Chelsea  (4-2-3-1 ):

Begovic, Azpilicueta,Cahill, Zouma, Ivanovic,Matic, Fabregas,Hazard, Oscar, Pedro,Remy

Manager: Jose Mourinho

Newcastle (4-1-4-1):

Krul,Janmaat, Mbemba, Coloccini, Haidara; Colback; Thauvin, Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Perez,Mitrovic

Manager: Steve McClaren

Scorers:

Perez (43)

Venue: St. James’ Park, Newcastle, UK

Referee: Martin Atkinson

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Chelsea will face Newcastle at St. James’ Park. Here we bring you the predicted lineups for today’s game.

Predicted line ups:

Chelsea  (4-2-3-1 ):
Begovic, Azpilicueta,Cahill, Zouma, Ivanovic,Matic, Fabregas,Hazard, Oscar, Pedro,Remy

manager: Jose Mourinho

Newcastle (4-1-4-1):

Krul,Janmaat, Mbemba, Coloccini, Haidara; Colback; Thauvin, Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Perez,Mitrovic

manager: Steve McClaren

Venue: St. James’ Park, Newcastle, UK

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Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic who has received a three-match ban for a stamp on Francis Coquelin after he was sent off against Arsenal last month insists that he is not a ,,dirty player”.

Mitrovic should be back to the team for Newcastle’s Premier League clash against Chelsea on Saturday at St James’ Park. The Serbia international has stated, that he despite his difficult and controversial debut for the Magpies he is determined to prove his worth against the Blues.

Mitrovic told The Sun:

”I want to show I can control my emotion and aggression and stay calm,”

”Sport is dirty if you want to win, but I am not a dirty player.”

Mitrovic joined Newcastle from Anderlecht for £13million.

 

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Newcastle new signing Chancel Mbemba has promised that he will do everything he can to defend the colours of his new team.

The Magpies will face face Chelsea at St. James Park today and the Congolese international promises to do his best to help his team in winning.

Mbemba told  NUFC TV:

”Unfortunately in football, these things (losing to Sheff Wed) do happen, we need to go out and make sure we work even harder.”

“I’d like to say thank you to all the fans who came along and supported us 100%, they really made me proud when I look back at the way they supported us.”

“Chelsea have quality all over the pitch, but we have to remember that we have quality as well, and the best team is the one that will win on Saturday – we are going to do the fans proud.”

Asked if he thinks, that Chelsea are better then the results suggest, he answered:

“That is not for me to say, I focus on my team and my team only. I will do everything I can to defend the colours.”

Then he admitted, that in his opinion Newcastle are better than the table shows :

“I think so, the start of the season has been hard – you win some games, you lose some games. You need to gel and you need to mesh together. What matters most is the end, not the start of the season. ”

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Legendary Arsenal winger Paul Merson is convinced, that Costa’s problems may cost Chelsea the title this season.

According to former England international, Diego Costa’s antics may ruin his career at Chelsea. What’s more Merson warns that because of the controversial behaviours of the Spaniard the Blues may lose the chance to defend the title during this campaign.

Merson wrote in his Daily Star column:

“He needs to play 30-odd games for them to win the league. But he won’t. Not after what happened against Arsenal,”

“He’s a marked man now after getting himself banned for three games for slapping Laurent Koscielny”

”The powers that be will be telling referees to watch him more closely, and the whole league will be trying to wind him up.”

”He will be banned again before the end of the season for sure now. And that will hurt Chelsea in the games he misses.”

”People will say: ‘Oh, he didn’t mean it. He’s not that type of player.’ Not with Costa. People expect it from him now.”

 

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Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic warns against too much enthusiasm before the game against Newcastle.

Even if Chelsea have won three consecutive games against Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Arsenal and Walsall,the Serbian player warns that even the Blues seems to be favourite in today’s match Newcastle may surprise them.

Matic told Chelsea’s official website:

”Newcastle are always a difficult opponent especially when they play at home”

”It really doesn’t matter where they are in the table. It’s going to be difficult and we have to be 100 per cent ready. In the Premier League every team can on their day play like the best team in the league, and I think when Newcastle play against Chelsea they have always have a special motivation.”

‘‘Winning the last three games has been very important for our confidence and now the next few games will be crucial. We are in a moment where we have to take all three points and give everything for that.’’

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