Published: Mon, August 27, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Newcastle fans react to Jacob Murphy's display against Chelsea

Newcastle fans react to Jacob Murphy's display against Chelsea

Benitez, as he had done against the Premier League's big guns last season, adopted an ultra-defensive approach as his side went down 2-1 to Maurizio Sarri's men at St James' Park on Sunday afternoon, prompting television pundit Jamie Redknapp to suggest his players would be "embarrassed". Most of the consternation seems to stem from the idea he is not suited to play as a traditional left back, having spent the last two seasons as an aggressively offensive wingback under Antonio Conte.

Chelsea took another step in the right direction with a win against Rafael Benitez's Newcastle in a game that set a lot of records for things that only marginally matter.

The three points were only secured for Chelsea because of an 88th-minute own-goal by Newcastle defender DeAndre Yedlin, but few could begrudge Chelsea the win.

Prior to that winning goal though, Fernandez was a dominant player at the back for the Tyneside club.

Asked about the criticism, Benitez said: "I like to play with five strikers if I can".

Clattenburg stated that he understood why opinion was split over the decision and claimed that even with VAR being used then there still would have been a debate had as it wouldn't have helped provide a definitive answer. "I think it is very hard to play here for every team - not only us".

"If you create five chances like yesterday, which Wolves did against Manchester City was an unbelievable game and they had 71 per cent of possession, so possession means nothing". Last season we were best team in the bottom 10, and we hope to do the same again. We needed to move the ball very fast and be patient.

Eden Hazard, making his first start of the season, converted a controversial penalty after Fabian Schar was ruled to have fouled Marcos Alonso. Yesterday I saw some games, with the same system, it depends what you have. In Italy, I have never seen Rafa play with five defenders.

"When I was at Napoli I was attacking all the time".

Experienced Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has yet to feature under Sarri and with the England global out of favour he could leave the club before Friday's transfer deadline across Europe.

"This team from the character point of view is a very strong team".

Chelsea have been warned that they "must do more" in order to challenge for the Premier League title, with Ruud Gullit questioning an apparent over-reliance on Eden Hazard.

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