Chelsea turning point and why Newcastle still have 'belief — Rafa Benitez

On his return to the starting XI, Hazard fired the Blues level with an angled strike after Dwight Gayle's poked effort had given the Magpies a surprise lead.

"Next time he must have great attention because the goalkeepers study the players who take penalties".

He's not the first manager to change his formation to match up with Chelsea's back three, but the decision proved costly, as Matt Ritchie's poor defensive instincts were exposed. Yesterday, he might have found it - bare in mind that Ritchie will probably be shifted up in place of Ayoze Perez and DeAndre Yedlin will come in. As long as he held the reins, he will call the shots.

In a pursuit of success on four separate fronts both domestically and in Europe, Benitez had to manage a heavy fixture list. The Belgian, perhaps, should have got the third by converting Danny Drinkwater's lofted through ball, but missed on a one versus one opportunity. Despite good play early, Chelsea took control of the encounter moving forward. This announcement was looked upon with disdain by Chelsea fans all around the world.

"After this interview the majority of the fans became more relaxed and supported the team", he reflected this week.

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Newcastle United were beaten 3-1 by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge yesterday. Now he's handling the rather different challenge of keeping Newcastle in the Premier League.

And Shearer, who was analysing the 26-year-old's performance against his former club during Match of the Day, was impressed at just how effective he was. United are winning but not playing particularly well, and Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool remain inconsistent, leaving Chelsea as City's most likely challengers heading into a busy holiday period. The usually reliable Ritchie conceded a penalty and made a mistake for Chelsea's second, midfielder Mikel Merino misplaced passes, and bar his goal Gayle only had one other touch in the Chelsea box. The Scotland international, 28, suffered the fracture in the closing stages of Saturday's 3-0 defeat at home to Watford when he fell awkwardly. Hence, blaming Benitez for employing positive tactics was very harsh.

Even though the League form under Benitez was patchy, Chelsea were brilliant in the Europa League.

It left Chelsea fans fuming but left everyone else in stitches. That included a vital goal in the final. The fact is, the likes of Hazard, Willian and Fabregas can break down any team, they just need someone who can convert their chances and that player is Morata.

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