Chelsea vs. Newcastle United - Football Match Report

Willian wins it for Chelsea after Newcastle threaten comeback

Willian wins it for Chelsea after Newcastle threaten comeback

"You know very well that Willian for us is a very important player", Sarri told reporters.

Maurizio Sarri reiterated that Chelsea must find a replacement for Cesc Fabregas in the January transfer window after admitting that Jorginho was "in trouble" during Saturday's 2-1 win over Newcastle.

Chelsea began the season in excellent form under new coach Maurizio Sarri, leading to many fans and pundits predicting a push for the Premier League title, although they have fallen behind the league leaders in recent weeks. "I need an option for Jorginho".

Chelsea cruised through the opening half an hour of the match, with Pedro coming close to a second goal from his 25-yard drive, which Dubravka was equal to, and Luiz's header took a small touch on its way marginally wide of the target.

It was just his fifth goal of the season and first in the league since October but Willian told BT Sport: "I think it's always hard in the Premier League".

But the Spaniard, who will not walk away from the task and is chasing Atlanta United striker Miguel Almiron to try to solve his problems, added: "If we work like we did at Chelsea and play with the same passion and intensity, I believe we will stay up".

"In my opinion Willian has to stay with us. For us, in this moment, he is a fundamental player".

Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea – Carabao Cup – Semi Final – First Leg – Wembley Stadium
Pedro scored the opener with a lobbed finish

"We've got the FA Cup replay first, but we know - and everyone knows that the game against Cardiff is massive", Clark told Newcastle's official website.

Once again, Sarri stubbornly stuck to his experiment with Eden Hazard as Chelsea's central striker despite the Belgian star's dislike of the tactic.

'I scored a good goal.

"We need to improve in the mental reaction". We scored after 10 minutes by attacking spaces behind the lines with Pedro. "We need Odoi. We need Willian, of course".

"I am really very happy with the result", Sarri said.

But it took only nine minutes for the Blues to go in front as Newcastle's five-man defence was carved open easily.

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