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Chelsea vs Newcastle: Willianandapos;s fine finish secures unconvincing Premier League win for Maurizio Sarri

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Willian's fine finish enabled Chelsea to record an unconvincing victory against a Newcastle side that frustrated Maurizio Sarri's team for long periods and matched them in others.

Hopes that Rafa Benitez's visitors would fold after Pedro gave Chelsea an early lead disappeared when Ciaran Clark headed Newcastle level before half-time.



But Willian supplied a Chelsea second midway through the second half during the only portion of the game where Eden Hazard appeared to be enjoying the false nine role Sarri has thrust upon him.



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Ritchie spooned a late Newcastle chance over before Rondon headed another just wide but there were no further alarms for Chelsea, who established a six-point buffer over fifth-place Arsenal.

The Spaniard left at the end of the season having steered Chelsea to victory in the Europa League final, adding to the Champions League glory Roberto di Matteo had brought to Stamford Bridge the previous year.

Salomon Rondon, Newcastle's most lonesome of lone frontmen, then fired wide.
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