Last week, I spoke about the importance that our defence will have in our title defence this season, and the Newcastle match confirmed my prediction.
Newcastle were, believe it or not, superior to us in attack, despite having less possession and a lower shot count. They completed 14 dribbles, compared to our six, and they conceded an impressive 11 fouls. More notably, their best players on the pitch were Jack Colback and Rémy Cabella, while ours were Gael Clichy and Martin Demichelis.
Not to take anything away from our attackers- David Silva in particular- but the statistics speak for themselves. With 29 tackles, 15 interceptions and 32 clearances, it is clear that our defence were in amazing form and keeping a clean sheet against the very promising Newcastle attack was vital.
It was convenient that our attack managed two goals, but it is pretty evident that if our defence was not in such fine form, we may have needed more goals to claim the win.
A clean sheet is a great sign and our solid defence will likely play a pivotal role in our title defence.