Diego Costa celebrates after scoring for ChelseaPhoto: AP
Chelsea skipper John Terry is a doubt for Tuesday’s Champions League last-16 trip to Paris St-Germain after limping off in the 5-1 win over Newcastle.
Terry hurt himself on landing after an aerial challenge in the first half.
Chelsea say the 35-year-old may have a small muscular injury to his hamstring and will undergo a scan on Sunday.
But that was the only worry for the London club as they thrashed Newcastle, who now dropped into the relegation zone on goal difference after three goals in the first 17 minutes set Chelsea on their way to an easy win.
Diego Costa slid in the opener, a Rolando Aarons error let in Pedro to run clear and fire home, and Costa set up Willian to make it 3-0.
Pedro and Bertrand Traore added further goals in the second half, before Andros Townsend’s late consolation.
Chelsea’s interim manager Guus Hiddink remains unbeaten in 12 games in all competitions, and his side are now unbeaten in their past 10 Premier League games.
Newcastle have only scored seven goals on their travels this season, the worst record in the top four divisions in England, but it was their defence that let them down at Stamford Bridge.
Magpies boss Steve McClaren said in his pre-match TV interview that the first 20 minutes would be crucial to the outcome of the match. He was right, but not in the way he would have wanted.
By then, his side had suffered a complete collapse at the back which was summed up by Chelsea’s second goal.
That came from a Newcastle free-kick near the home side’s corner flag that was cleared to the halfway line before Aarons’ horrendous cross-field pass allowed Pedro to gallop clear.
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Source:: PM Newspaper