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Chelsea 3-0 Newcastle player ratings, stats and reaction: Marcos Alonso puts in MOTM performance as Blues book place in fifth round

Chelsea hammered Newcastle 3-0 in the FA Cup fourth round at Stamford Bridge this afternoon to book their place in the next round of the FA Cup.

The Blues opened the scoring through Belgian Michy Batshuayi, who tapped home following a pass from Marcos Alonso.

The forward then added a second goal later in the first half, after he was out through by Eden Hazard before seeing his effort deflect in to give the Blues a two goal lead.

Spanish left-back Marcos Alonso then added a third in the 71st minute, as the former Fiorentina star fired home a 25-yard free kick to all but seal Conte’s side’s place in the next round.

Player of the Match

Spanish ace Marcos Alonso will take a lot of the plaudits today, with the left-back bagging a goal and an assist in the Blues’ impressive victory against the Magpies today.

The defender’s assist showcased his level of unselfishness, with his free-kick showing everyone exactly what he’s capable of as he fired the Blues into a three nil lead.

This tweet sums up the player’s performance this afternoon

Stat of the Match

This from Opta shows that maybe Batshuayi deserves a bit more of a chance from Antonio Conte

Player Ratings

Chelsea: Caballero 6, Rudiger 6, Christensen 7, Cahill 7, Zappacosta 6, Drinkwater 6, Kante 7, Alonso 9, Pedro 7, Hazard 7, Batshuayi 8 / Subs: Ampadu 6, Barkley 6, Hudson-Odoi 6

Newcastle: Darlow 6, Manquillo 6, Mbemba 6, Lascelles 6, Clark 6, Haidara 6, Hayden 6, Saivet 6, Shelvey 6, Ritchie 6, Gayle 6 / Subs: Murphy 6, Atsu 6, Joselu 6

Reaction

As well as Alonso, a certain Belgian striker also had a game to remember this afternoon

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