Willian gem sinks Newcastle as Chelsea cement fourth place

Stop! Don't ask about Willian's contract – Sarri

Willian gem sinks Newcastle as Chelsea cement fourth place

Chelsea cemented their grip on fourth place in the Premier League as Willian's sublime strike sealed a 2-1 win over struggling Newcastle on Saturday.

"As you have seen, today Jorginho was in trouble and on the bench there wasn't a player for that position, so I need a player, I need an option for Jorginho", the Italian explained.

"But I think the character was good and the most important is to win the game".

Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang are believed to be ready to rival Barcelona in their pursuit of Chelsea ace Willian this month, despite Blues boss Mauricio Sarri clearly stating he doesn't want the player to be sold.

Chelsea took the lead in the ninth minute through Spanish winger Pedro, but were pegged back five minutes before the interval by a Ciaran Clark header.

It was by no means a convincing performance and Sarri was left in the belief Chelsea have a problem with their mentality. "I can not do anything more".

"We slept for 25 minutes and then we were in trouble".

"It is very hard to understand". Willian is very important for us so I think it's impossible to lose him in January.

"We stopped playing for 20 minutes".

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"We were better in the second half".

Another winter of discontent is brewing for Newcastle, wo have won only once in their last nine league games.

The Brazil global curled home his first goal since Ocotber to seal a 2-1 win over Newcastle and send Chelsea six points clear of Arsenal in the race for fourth place ahead of next weekend's London derby at the Emirates.

A fine long pass from Chelsea defender David Luiz caught Clark flat-footed.

Salomon Rondon flicked a header towards Ayoze Perez and he accelerated away from Antonio Rudiger, only to shoot woefully wide with just Kepa Arrizabalaga to beat.

Maurizio Sarri's men would pay for their failure to create anything clear cut, though, as Newcastle soon started to grow into the match.

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri was equally keen for Willian to remain a member of his squad, especially as he is deploying Eden Hazard as a striker.

With frustration mounting, a misplaced pass by Jorginho triggered angry moans from Chelsea fans, who booed the team off at half-time.

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