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What angered Kai Havertz when Newcastle took pain from Liverpool and skillfully used the dark arts against Chelsea

Jamie Carragher paid Newcastle United the ultimate compliment when the Liverpool legend said the Magpies were playing ‘like Atletico Madrid in the last 10 minutes’ against Chelsea. Was it surprising that former Atleti defender Kieran Trippier led his team-mates over the line at St James’ Park on Saturday night?

Trippier repeatedly pointed to his temples in the closing stages, reminding those around him to stay fired up, as the hosts closed in on a 1-0 victory. The pain of conceding a late knock at Anfield earlier this season was certainly still fresh in the England international’s mind and the lessons were clearly learned that night.

It was after that 2-1 loss that Eddie Howe lamented how his team “needed to handle that last moment better” after Liverpool substitute Fabio Carvalho scored the winner in the 98th minute after a tired defense. of your team. Tellingly perhaps, that remains the last time Newcastle drop points from a winning position this season.

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In contrast, last season Newcastle squandered a whopping 24 points after going in front. To put that stat into perspective, Newcastle would have finished fourth instead of 11th had they won those games.

Newcastle have long worked out how to be a little more street smart and that nastier side of the Magpies’ game was evident in the closing stages on Saturday night. Seven minutes of stoppage time were added, but instead of falling deep and going into survival mode, Newcastle continued to press.

When Chelsea needed to shut down, Sean Longstaff took out Marc Cucurella, while Dan Burn made an excellent sliding challenge to deny Mateo Kovacic as the Chelsea midfielder surged towards goal just seconds later.

If that tackle was loudly applauded, well, another Burn intervention went a little under the radar in stoppage time. There were 97 minutes on the clock when Chelsea took the ball forward once more and Burn, anticipating Kai Havertz’s off-the-ball run, positioned himself for the block so that the substitute effectively collided with the towering defender.

The referees gave nothing, leaving Havertz horrified on the pitch, and that only added to the Chelsea striker’s frustrations as he addressed Burn directly after the match after disagreeing with the way the defender and Fabian Schar celebrated in his face. There is certainly no love lost between the pair after Burn felt the full force of Havertz’s elbow in the reverse encounter at Stamford Bridge last season.



Dan Burn blocks Kai Havertz

It wasn’t just Havertz who was furious at full time after Newcastle ran out the clock. Surprisingly, there were 75 seconds between Chelsea winning a deep Newcastle half-time throw-in in the death and the visitors actually being able to take the set piece.

First, Longstaff was booked for the earlier foul on Cucurella after referee Robert Jones had previously played an advantage. Play was then stopped once again after Jamaal Lascelles, an unused substitute, received a yellow card after charging into Cucurella when the Chelsea defender took a first-round throw-in.

When Chelsea finally got the game restarted, after Newcastle had taken their time returning the ball, Cucurella turned his back on Pulisic and the striker was easily stripped by the tireless Miguel Almiron before the referee called it off. match. It was the kind of result that even Atletico boss Diego Simeone, the master of the dark arts, would have been proud of.

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