Maxi Rodriguez scored twice in the crushing win, which edges them three points clear of River Plate with two games left.
“This is important because we had to recover from the defeat at All Boys. There’s still a way to go, we must win so as not to give River a chance,” coach Gerardo Martino told reporters.
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Since Guus Hiddink arrived at the helm, Chelsea have improved considerably after a tricky start to the campaign.
Newcastle United are staring down the barrel of relegation to the Championship for the second time in the past eight years.