Chelsea is not a ‘free kick’
Eddie Howe has insisted Newcastle United’s game against Chelsea is not a ‘free-kick’ as the Magpies boss looks to stage another memorable result at Stamford Bridge.
Newcastle enter Sunday’s clash full of confidence after the 2-1 win over Southampton extended the black-and-white Premier League unbeaten streak to nine games. Chelsea are also in fine form, but there could still be an eerie atmosphere at Stamford Bridge on Sunday in the Blues’ first home game since owner Roman Abramovich was sanctioned by the UK government.
Newcastle have picked up just one point so far in games against teams currently in the top five, showing just how tough these games are, but Howe has already picked up some impressive wins against Chelsea. In fact, during his time at Bournemouth, Howe won three of his five Premier League games at Stamford Bridge, getting the better of Jose Mourinho, Antonio Conte and Frank Lampard.
Newcastle will likely only have one day of training for the game given the speed of execution, but rather than worrying too much about Chelsea’s undoubted strengths, as former managers did, the Newcastle head coach will instead focus on how the Magpies can hurt Thomas Tuchel’s side. . That’s been Howe’s approach whether Newcastle face league leaders Man City or bottom of the table Norwich City, and, perhaps, Chelsea haven’t faced a Newcastle side like this for some time.
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