Chelsea beat Newcastle United 2-1 in Premier League tie
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Aug 27, 2018,
Aug 27, 2018, 4:13
The new Chelsea manager was allowed to invest heavily in Kepa and Jorginho over the summer while his Magpies counterpart found himself once again having to make ends meet, and the latter knows last season's "miracle" 10th-place finish will be hard to replicate.
The action did not end there though as Yedlin deflected goalwards a low drive from Alonso, and Chelsea held on to claim all three points.
On Chelsea's penalty, he said "I don't know if it was a penalty".
"Possession means nothing", said Newcastle's manager, whose side have taken one point from three games.
Rafa Benitez had invited criticism with a very circumspect approach, effectively lining up 5-4-1, but then introducing attackers late on, freeing his team, and Joselu brilliantly equalising Eden Hazard's penalty with seven minutes remaining.
Newcastle managed to level matters in the 83 minute when Joselu latched onto a cross from DeAndre Yedlin and powerfully headed home, 1-1.
'I think Naples and Napoli must be proud of these results.
"It is not about me and tactics, it is about players, the bigger picture".
"We had five players out and thought if we were compact we could maybe frustrate them", Benitez said. I want to enjoy, I want to have fun, press the ball.
And the 59-year-old Italian knows this kind of concern always plagues him during his arrival at a new club, citing that his specific defensive instruction to "watch the ball" and "not the man" requires unlearning techniques previously ingrained in players.
Newcastle had battled away with five at the back to hold Chelsea until the 76th minute when Eden Hazard slotted away a penalty following Fabian Schar's foul on Marcos Alonso.
Mitrovic, signed from Newcastle after a loan period last season, struck in the 36th and 38th minutes before James Tarkowski cut the arrears to 3-2 by half-time.
Jorginho, a player Benitez bought while he was in charge of Napoli, prompted intelligently in midfield and Hazard, starting for the first time this season, twisted and turned as he probed for a gap in Newcastle's defence that often featured nine men in front of keeper Martin Dubravka.
"I think so. Because I'm the coach of a very good team, a great club, and we can not sell such an important player without the possibility of buying another player at the same level, so I hope Eden will stay for this season'". "So I think it is not so easy to play here against this opponent". We needed to move the ball very fast.