By Taiwo Ibrahim
Newcastle United earned an impressive 4-1 win over Chelsea in a 2023-24 Premier League encounter on Saturday, Sportivationng.com reports.
The Blues capitulated in the second half of the encounter to suffer their heaviest loss of the season.
Isak opened the scoring for Newcastle in the 13th minute before Raheem Sterling drilled in a powerful free kick to bring Chelsea back into the game.
The first half ended 1-1 before Newcastle took Chelsea to the cleaners in the second half.
Lascelles, Joelinton and Gordon all scored in the second half to compound Chelsea’s woes.
Pochettino Reacts To Chelsea’s 4-1 Loss To Newcastle
Chelsea coach, Mauricio Pochettino was visibly disappointed at the end of the encounter.
“We didn’t show that we were playing for something important,” he said.
“Even if Newcastle weren’t great, it was an easy win for them to prepare for the Champions League. We had to show that it’s going to be difficult for them to play, to win the game and to beat us.
“But it was really easy in the way that we conceded and the way that we were so soft in every single challenge.
“That’s what makes me angry and disappointed. We talk about being a young team and we have to learn, but I think these type of games make me very, very, very, very, very angry because it’s about showing your personality and character.
“OK, we are young as a team, but we cannot lose this type of opportunity to show our best.”
The Blues have now lost five Premier League games this season and Pochettino described it as their worst performance of the season.
“It was our worst game of the season. It was tough to be in the stands,” added Pochettino, who watched the game from the directors’ box as he served a touchline ban.
“We cannot complain about the result, we did not read the game from the beginning.
“We cannot blame the players, it is the team together. We need to understand the level we need to compete, and learn about this situation.
“There are many details, many things that build confidence and strength. We already know what is going on, and we will try to change the dynamic.”.
Highlights of Newcastle United 4-1 Win Over Chelsea
Newcastle coach, Eddie Howe showered encomiums on his players for showing character against Chelsea.
Howe said: “It was a real statement of character within the squad. We really asked the players to step up, and we really deserved to win. Big positives from today.
“The leaders within the group set the tone: Jamaal Lascelles, Kieran Trippier, Matt Ritchie. They make sure we don’t surrender.”
Up next for Newcastle is a home clash against Manchester United next Sunday.