Three things we learnt as Chelsea battled back at Newcastle

Chelsea fought back as champions tend to do in order to secure a Premier League point against Newcastle United in a thrilling game this evening.

Jose Mourinho has previously found life difficult in the North East, never having managed a league win at St. James’ Park across his two spells as Blues boss.

The Magpies have had a torrid season so far, but a stunning Ayoze Perez attempt shocked the travelling support, put the home side ahead.

Summer signing Giorgino Wijnaldum headed home to double the delight and send the Toon Army barmy, seemingly setting Steve McClaren on his way to a first win with the club.

However, the introduction of Ramires changed proceedings and the Brazilian substitute fired a long range effort home with just over ten minutes remaining.

Compatriot, and fellow sub, Willian then secured a point for the defending champions, who surged into the ascendency towards the end of the game.

So, what three things did we learn?

There’s a team in there somewhere…

Jose Mourinho (9)

Newcastle had quite frankly been awful in recent weeks, culminating in the Capital One Cup exit at the hands of Sheffield Wednesday. In fact, Sheffield Wednesday reserves.

However, the Toon railed this afternoon and looked up for everything. They were aggressive, powerful and pacey in equal measure.

Ayoze Perez and Aleksandr Mitrovic offered quality in the final third, something the St, James’ Park outfit had really lacked thus far.

Newcastle have unearthed a gem


Kevin Mbabu, making his debut, looked assured for most of the game – considering he was marking a World Cup winner.

The 20-year old debutant had been a talking point prior to kick off, with many expecting a difficult afternoon ahead.

However, he looked a good fit at left-back, only being caught out of position a few times – understandable on your first Premier League outing.

Mourinho is still a top manager


The introduction of Ramires in the 73rd minute changed the game. The Brazilian scored the first goal to set his side on their way to a comeback, and provided a dynamism in the middle previously lacking.

It proved that Jose, under some pressure, is still the master of in game management. He saw the problems, and he addressed it.