Ben Chilwell says Chelsea must ‘regroup’ after the World Cup following the damning defeat to Newcastle United.
Chilwell tweeted his response almost instantly after his teammates trudged off the Saint James’ Park pitch having lost 1-0.
The defender was forced to watch the Blues fall apart away from the stadium, due to the injury he sustained last week.
In hindsight, he might be glad he didn’t travel with the squad thanks to such a woeful display on the road.
Chelsea were second-best against their opponents for a third Premier League game running.
Newcastle earned their victory via a wonderful strike from Joe Willock in the second-half.
Although they didn’t create too many other clear-cut chances, the Magpies deserved to swoop the loot.
Eddie Howe’s men piled pressure on Chelsea when they had possession, startling their opponents into giving the ball back.
Graham Potter’s side struggled to venture into the final third.
When they eventually made it over the half-way line and close to the penalty area, they were wasteful.
Chelsea crumble against Newcastle
Nick Pope had only one meaningful save to make, the curling effort from Conor Gallagher that he pushed wide of the post.
Gallagher, along with the majority of his co-workers, endured a difficult day in front of the Toon army.
He found himself at wing-back at the beginning of the second period, a position of complete unfamiliarity.
This was just one of several things Potter got wrong in the fixture.
Chelsea’s manager is a man under serious scrutiny now, and will probably be glad to have the World Cup break to recuperate.