Chelsea crushed Newcastle United 5-0 on Saturday to help Guus Hiddink to his first home league win since returning to the club and condemning the Magpies to the relegation zone.
Steve McClaren’s side impressed in a recent 1-0 home victory over West Bromwich Albion, and with a decent recent record against Chelsea, they will have harboured quiet hopes of inflicting a first Chelsea defeat on Hiddink since he returned to the club.
However, they were opened up from the off, and were behind after nine minutes when first Diego Costa and then Pedro—profiting from a misplaced pass from Rolando Aarons—established control in the match.
The Pensioners tore Newcastle apart for a third in the 17th minute when Costa set up the impressive Willian, and Pedro bagged a fourth before the hour mark after a sumptuous pass from Cesc Fabregas.
Bertrand Traore, who replaced Costa as Hiddink rang the changes in the second half, perhaps with an eye on the upcoming Champions League bout against Paris Saint-Germain, added a fifth in the 83rd minute after an excellent team move.
Andros Townsend scored a delicious late consolation at the death, but the England international—who moved from Tottenham Hotspur during the January transfer window—merely celebrated with a shrug, knowing the effort couldn’t hide the Magpies’ dismal day.
While Chelsea were rampant, Newcastle were dismal, and drop into the bottom three on goal difference, as their relegation fears intensify once again.
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Chelsea player ratings vs. Newcastle
Thibaut Courtois: 7/10, Cesar Azpilicueta: 8, Gary Cahill: 7, Branislav Ivanovic: 6.5, John Terry: 7, Nemanja Matic: 7.5, Cesc Febregas: 8.5, Pedro: 9.5, Willian: 9.5, Eden Hazard: 6.5, Diego Costa: 8.5
Ruben Loftus-Cheek: 6, Bertrand Traore: 7, Abdul Rahman Baba: 7
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