Hazard Blocks Bolting Chelsea Players And Makes Them Say Goodbye To Fans After Newcastle Loss

Chelsea had a chance to claim a Champions League spot for next season, but they downed their tools in the most hapless fashion.

Newcastle earned a deserved win at St James' Park. Two goals from Ayoze Perez and one from Dwight Gayle saw the Magpies fly to a 3-0 victory and secure their place in the top ten of the table.

But really the pressure was on Chelsea to get something in this match; a win for them was more meaningful than a win for the Toon Army. To claim a spot in the Champions League, the Blues needed a win against Newcastle United and for Liverpool not to win in their game against Brighton. It was a tall order in the first place - the Reds earned their three points with a 4-0 win over the Seagulls, so Chelsea's 3-0 loss to Newcastle was largely insignificant anyway.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

But the manner in which Chelsea lost is cause for concern. They looked as though they were riding the game out, rather than competing in it. They certainly did not look like a team who won a title just this time last year, with their fiery new Italian manager. The team looked replenished back then. Not anymore.

It might have been out of embarrassment because their underwhelming season, but when the final whistle rang on the game at St James', several Chelsea tried to run off down the tunnel without saying their goodbyes to the supporters - most of whom had travelled Chelsea's longest journey that season, from London to Newcastle.

Luckily star man Eden Hazard was on hand to put a stop to it. He reportedly blocked off the exits, so the departing players couldn't leave. The Belgium international then forced them to go and give their farewells to the supporters.

St James' Park famously has its away section high up in the stands. It takes travelling up 14 flights of steps to get there, so if Chelsea players were worried they'd get shouted at, it would take some distance for them to hear it.

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