Kai Havertz scored a late winner as Chelsea beat Newcastle at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Given the current ownership at both clubs, much of the build-up focused on matters off the field and, frankly, that appeared to play out on the pitch.
A competitive first-half did not yield a shot on target for either team as Newcastle, reborn under Eddie Howe of late, made life difficult for the home side.
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Dan Burn in particular proved colossal, winning almost everything in the air as Thomas Tuchel’s men failed to carve any genuine openings.
The flashpoint of the first-half saw Burn hit the floor after Havertz’s elbow connected with his face, with the two then embroiled in a feisty on-field battle.