Newcastle United v Chelsea

27 August, 2018, 00:34 | Author: Kenneth Collins
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       Rafael Benitez is demanding a quick response from his team to the mistakes they made at Cardiff

An own goal from DeAndre Yedlin three minutes from time saw Chelsea beat Newcastle United 2-1 in an English Premier League match at St. James Park on Sunday.

Newcastle set up in a defensive shell, hoping to limit the damage of the more talented visitors.

He can be satisfied, though, that with Hazard due to return to full fitness soon, his side's attacking strengths should provide the breathing space needed to adjust.

The Blues have varied from impressive to simply resilient thus far under new manager Maurizio Sarri.

But it was Newcastle who went close to the opening goal 11 minutes before the break when Salomon Rondon met Federico Fernandez's cross unopposed, only to power his header inches wide.

The Italian worldwide is far from a goalscoring midfielder but we've already seen that he's pretty brilliant at taking penalties after his sublime spot-kick on his Premier League debut.

Benitez, though, is not interested in what they have to say and there will be more of the same when Newcastle travel to the Etihad Stadium to play champions Manchester City next weekend.

In the start of second half, Cesar Azpilicueta had a good chance to shoot Chelsea ahead but he fired a lame shot at Dubraka in goal for Newcastle. I have spent only one day in London in 40 days here, because for the moment it's been hard. "But I think, in this case, with this team, there are very intelligent players".

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"We knew that here is a hard game for us, because only in the last season Chelsea lost here, Manchester United lost here, Arsenal lost here", Sarri said.

"But a new contract is out of my responsibility".

"I think I touched the ball and got in front of the opponent", Alonso told Sky Sports.

"Maybe it would have been better for him in this moment to play 70 or 75 minutes, but after the first goal [Mateo] Kovacic asked me to make the substitution".

"To draw with five minutes to the end for us it would have been more hard".

Many Newcastle fans remain frustrated by owner Mike Ashley's refusal to let Rafa Benitez spend heavily in the transfer window.

It bodes well for what's to come. There can be no doubting now that he is ready to show it.

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