Chelsea 2 – Newcastle 1
Chelsea picked up maximum points against newcastle on Saturday in the Premier League.
Pedro opened for the Blues with a lovely lob, however a Ciaran Clark header pulled Newcastle level.
Willian was the match-winner for the Blues in the second half with a superb curler into the far corner.
Eden Hazard, false nine
Belgian star Eden Hazard was once again deployed in the false nine role for Chelsea against the Magpies.
Maurizio Sarri has been well-documented for successfully using Dries Mertens in that position at Napoli.
But is Hazard performing as Mertens did? Is Hazard more effective in a wide left role?
Hazard v Newcastle
1 shot 1 key pass
Lucky assist for incredible Willian finish
— fantasyfootballgeek (@FPLgeek20) January 13, 2019
‘Disrespecting the false nine role’
In his column in the Times on Monday, Tony Cascarino has torn into Hazard.
Cascarino believes that Hazard was disrespectful in the Newcastle game:
I went to Chelsea on Saturday and Eden Hazard disrespected the false No 9 role. He was flicking everything that came his way with no regard for team play. He’s normally the one running on to the flicks but when you are asked to do a job for the team, do it properly.
He’s a wonderful player but I wasn’t impressed, it was like a Harlem Globetrotters approach. There’s no way it’s a long-term solution for Maurizio Sarri. They need to get a central striker in quickly.
“If Hazard & Kante don’t play positions they love, it’s not to their strengths.”
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) January 5, 2019
Tony Cascarino backlash
Cascarino’s comments have spread on social media.
Disrespecting the false nine role 😂 pic.twitter.com/m3oFywJmDM
— Michael Cox (@Zonal_Marking) January 14, 2019
Also see: Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi is off to Monaco.