Chelsea needed a second half goal from Willian to see off a plucky Newcastle United side at Stamford Bridge this evening.

The Blues won the match 2-1 but it was not all plain sailing for Maurizio Sarri’s men as they kept up the heat on third placed Tottenham Hotspur in the English Premier League table.

Chelsea got off to a fine start when David Luiz played a ball over the top and Pedro displayed great composure to take the ball under his control and place it beyond visiting keeper Martin Dubravka into the net.

David Luiz was close to adding to Chelsea’s lead but was unable to direct his header on goal before Ciaran Clark headed in an equaliser for Newcastle United just before the break.

Visiting keeper Dubravka made a fine save to deny Pedro a brace early in the second half but Chelsea were soon to regain the lead when Willian curled a stunning effort into the corner of the net. The Brazilian almost made it 3-1 eight minutes later but Dubravka managed to keep out his shot.

To their credit, Newcastle United were well-organised throughout the second half and managed to largely keep the Chelsea attack quiet. The Magpies were unable to really threaten at the other end though as Maurizio Sarri’s men retained their narrow advantage.

Chelsea are back in action next Saturday when they travel to Arsenal in the English Premier League.