Kai Havertz had egg on his face after being smoothly nutmegged by Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta in training.

The club’s cameras captured Azpilicueta’s silky skill on the Cobham pitches ahead of the game against Newcastle United later today.

Typically, it is Havertz dishing out the nutmeg on opponents.

But the German international was taught a lesson by his seasoned skipper; don’t let the ball go through your legs.

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Chelsea need more than nutmegs against Newcastle

Azpilicueta may need to do more than embarrass his marker at St James’ Park this afternoon.

Newcastle are absolutely flying under Eddie Howie this season, with Liverpool the only Premier League side to beat them so far.

They boast the joint-best defensive record in the division and the second-best goal difference.

Chelsea can only dream of achieving such a feat right now, as they attempt to catch the coattails of the Magpies.

Graham Potter’s side currently reside four places and six points below Newcastle heading into this evening’s fixture up north.

 The Blues have one last chance before the World Cup break to make up lost ground in the league.

They haven’t won in the first division since the 2-0 victory over Aston Villa in the middle of October.

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Draws with Brentford and Manchester United and solemn defeats to Brighton & Hove Albion and Arsenal have left the Blues in a sticky situation.

Only a positive result at Newcastle will quell the questions being directed at Potter right now.

Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.