Hazard stars as Chelsea see off Newcastle at Stamford Bridge

Eden Hazard scored twice for Chelsea

Eden Hazard scored twice for Chelsea

Magpies boss Rafa Benitez sat down for his pre-match press conference, ahead of his side's clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge tomorrow, and responded to a question asking him if he expects a hostile reception form the Blues faithful, as quoted by the Chronicle.

That was until the 56th minute when the Belgian danced through the centre of the Newcastle defence only to stumble just he approached Karl Darlow in the Newcastle goal.

Chelsea didn't take long to level things up as Eden Hazard fired home from inside the area in the 21st minute after Newcastle had failed to clear a cross properly.

The Belgium international netted twice as the Blues came from behind in the lunchtime kick off at Stamford Bridge.

Antonio Conte hailed the Belgian's performance, highlighting his burgeoning relationship with strike partner Alvaro Morata.

Successive 1-0 defeats to Burnley and Bournemouth could have gone either way, and Newcastle actually played pretty well for a large period of the 4-1 defeat at Manchester United, but last weekend's collapse against Watford set the alarm bells ringing.

"The normal fans in the street are fine".

"My relationship with Abramovich was really good, with the people of the board was really good".

And Shearer, who was analysing the 26-year-old's performance against his former club during Match of the Day, was impressed at just how effective he was.

Newcastle can assert their authority in games but appear not to have the players to sustain it. "He has more experience and I think he can make the difference in any game".

Clark reserved special praise for Matt Ritchie, with the Scotsman having set up both of Newcastle's goals at the Hawthorns.

"We knew we had to get something out of the game".

Chelsea began the second-half in dominant fashion, looking to give themselves some breathing space but the visitors held firm as they defended deep.

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It was believed back then that the fans' hatred for Benitez was the main reason for Chelsea's decision to not offer the full time contract to the Spaniard. Ritchie was poor, but perhaps should have anticipated that a player who has spent most of this season in right midfield would struggle as a left wing-back.

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