Rafael Benitez defends tactics after Newcastle suffer late defeat to Chelsea

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28 August, 2018

'I remember a long time ago, I don't know if it was when [Pep] Guardiola was at Barcelona, but they had 80 per cent against Celtic and they lost the game.

"I am very proud to be Watford coach". His decision to award Chelsea a penalty in the 75th minute proves why the Premier League will be better with VAR implemented.

"We got lucky but it gives us confidence we can be poor and still get results".

Watford, who have recorded wins over Brighton & Hove Albion, Burnley and Crystal Palace so far, host Tottenham Hotspur in the league next Sunday.

Hazard, on his first start of the season, proved to be Chelsea's key man once more on Tyneside , with the Belgian converting from the penalty spot after being a serious thorn in Newcastle's side. "It's not that I felt the contact and went down, he made me", Alonso said.

"Against a defence as drilled and tightly packed as Newcastle's, if you cannot get crosses in from good positions, Hazard is the only one who can unlock things with a piece of skill".

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At the other end of the table promoted Fulham earned their first points in a 4-2 win over Burnley, whose Europa League exploits may be taking a toll against them.

"Possession means nothing", he said. They face Man City next. "I'm not happy with how we gave the ball away".

Chelsea have kept pace with Liverpool by winning their opening three Premier League games, but Sinclair still has concerns about the Luiz-Rudiger partnership, especially against better teams.

Although it may not have been as fluid as his Napoli side last season, Chelsea's new boss has certainly improved the atmosphere in West London. But it has been more hard because in Italy I never saw Rafa play with five defenders at the back.

"If you're a Newcastle player in that dressing room, you're embarrassed", said Harry's son - while former Reds legend Souness added: "I think you'd rather lose 3-0 having a go than lose the way they lost today".

"Yesterday I saw some games with the same system, and it depends on the players that you have".


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