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Fans rush to Benitez defense after massive criticism

Fans rush to Benitez defense after massive criticism

Rafa Benitez hit back at criticism of his tactics after Newcastle United's 2-1 defeat to Chelsea.

However, Benitez, whose team had only 19 per cent of the possession, said: "Possession now is just for the TV, for the stats".

The three-time defending Champions League winners have had some tough luck this summer as they have lost out on some notable transfer targets like Liverpool's Mohamed Salah, Tottenham's Harry Kane, and PSG's Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani.

"You have to do what you have to do to maximise what you have".

'It is not about me and the tactics, it is about players, the results and the bigger picture.

Sarri's post-match press conference saw him quizzed on both key decisions, but the Italian insisted he was not in a position to have a definitive opinion on either incident.

The Croatian midfielder made his first start for the Blues on Sunday at St James' Park and lasted nearly 80 minutes before being replaced by Barkley.

Newcastle, however, did well to immediately bounce back and forward Joselu cancelled the lead a few minutes later.

As always, Premier League's newest edition has begun with a bang and Chelsea, under Maurizio Sarri, has made a ideal start as the London club made it from three in three.

'You have what you have, so I want to give credit to my players for the effort they make in every game.

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.

"It's important to start very well, as well as possible, but now the table is not important, I think".

Chelsea manager Sarri said: "We knew it would be a hard game for us". Last season, Chelsea lost here, [Manchester] United lost here, Arsenal lost here, so it's not so easy to play here against this opponent. "I have never seen Benitez in Italy with five defenders, so at the beginning I was really surprised". It was really very hard. "Our character is strong".


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