Chelsea vs Newcastle: 3 key battles

Ajustar Comentario Impresión

This has left a lot of "what ifs" in the story between Benitez and Chelsea and the Spaniard reflected on this upon his return to Stamford as the manager of Newcastle United on Saturday.

That was before, Gayle reached full fitness and has since scored at Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge, with their defence seemingly shaken from the last few drubbings, Newcastle may need to look back to their 90s style of "It doesn't matter how many you've scored because we've scored more" mentality.

Hazard stepped up to make it 3-1 with a nonchalant chipped penalty in the 74th minute.

Chelsea were soon in the lead when Alvaro Morata finished from close range after a Victor Moses cross.

Antonio Conte joked that he will have to order Gary Cahill and Danny Drinkwater not to kick Eden Hazard in Chelsea training ahead of England's clash with Belgium at next summer's World Cup.

Chelsea star Eden Hazard says his flourishing partnership with Alvaro Morata owes much to the hours they have spent together on the training pitch.

The Magpies ended a four-game losing run as they dug deep at West Brom on Tuesday night, overhauling a two-goal deficit to claim a 2-2 draw. "We will go and try to get three points in our way, try to win against one of the best teams and the champions". The Spain international nodded in from barely a yard out. Florian Lejeune cleared a cross only as far as Hazard on the edge of the six-yard box, and the Belgian bounced a half-volley off the turf and into the right-hand corner.

Jose Mourinho made some distasteful comments whilst in charge of Chelsea, the second time around, although he never received any backlash.

Chelsea's chief chance creator took a slight tumble in the first half, courtesy of referee Kevin Friend.

"In the end, they had to decide and decided they had to change". The Brazilian defender, who has been linked with a move to Real Madrid this week, was absent against Swansea due to a build-up of fluid on his knee. "I'd be lying if I said it didn't, but it's a great penalty".

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

One should keep in mind that Terry's renaissance under Mourinho was largely down to the Portuguese's 'pragmatic' tactics.