Chelsea close on best defensive run since Mourinho days as Frank Lampard singles Rudiger out for praise

Frank Lampard

Chelsea’s win over Newcastle United this afternoon has since seen the club’s remarkable defensive improvement summed up in an impressive statistic.

Pensioners roll on

The Blues returned to action following the international break a short time ago, with a trip to St. James’ Park.

Chelsea of course headed into proceedings hoping to carry on from where the club left off two weeks ago, with Lampard’s men having not fallen to defeat since the back end of September, a run of 8 outings across all competitions.

This included a stretch of 4 consecutive wins, and clean sheets in 5 of their last 6 fixtures.

Chelsea’s Moroccan midfielder Hakim Ziyech (3R) celebrates scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Burnley and Chelsea at Turf Moor in Burnley, north west England on October 31, 2020. (Photo by Alex Pantling / POOL / AFP)

And, when all was said and done on Tyneside, keep their fine spell of form alive is precisely what the Londoners managed.

An altogether dominant display on the part of the visitors at St. James’ eventually saw Chelsea emerge with a 2-0 victory.

The afternoon’s scoring was opened with 10 minutes on the clock, when Mason Mount’s wicked delivery from the right was diverted home by the unfortunate Federico Fernandez.

Newcastle, to their credit, on the back of an abysmal first-half display, did work their way back into things following the interval, with Timo Werner’s wastefulness in front of goal having handed the Magpies a lifeline.

The German, though, eventually went on to play a key role in putting Chelsea out of sight.

25 minutes from time, an explosive burst through the heart of the Newcastle backline allowed Werner to slip in Tammy Abraham, with the English international having made no mistake with his finish, notching the away side’s 2nd of the day, and making sure of all 3 points.

Highlights: Newcastle 0-2 Chelsea