Remy Cabella may have had his best game for Newcastle United today, as he played the whole game for Newcastle and he was a constant threat to the Chelsea defense.
Oscar scores Chelsea’s first goal after 43 minutes
And while Chelsea in the end got a comfortable 2-0 win, we missed at least three decent chances in the first half – as Cabella went close a couple of times, and Moussa Sissoko hit the cross-bar – and he had another powerful game for us today.
John Carver had prepared the team well for this game, and it certainly was a big surprise to us the way Newcastle attacked Chelsea in the first half, but a goal from Oscar just before half-time and a second from Diego Costa just before the hour mark, put the game out of reach – but let’s not forget it was a good and spirited performance from Newcastle today.
This is what John Carver told Sky Sports after the game:
“It’s a little bit unfortunate because we spoke about it yesterday and we covered the points on short corners, because against the best sides they get it down and play quickly and they can hurt you with the quality they’ve got,”
“The time when it came as well hurt us – just before half time. I thought if we could get in at 0-0 and regroup again and reinforce some of the game plan points then we’d be OK, but the goal just came at the wrong time.”
“We had two or three great chances – Moussa Sissoko hitting the post, and Cabella, who was outstanding all day, brought off a great save from the goalkeeper.” “We’ve come here and said ‘listen, give them the respect but make sure we don’t just park the bus’, and we didn’t do that.”
“We actually took the game to them and I think we surprised Jose a little bit. But they got the result and that’s what counts.” “All we were doing over the Christmas period was playing a game, recovery, playing the next game, recovery, so it’s nice to have a full week and put your game plan together,”
“We did a lot of work on Tuesday, we did more on Thursday which was nice, and I think that showed on the pitch today. I put one or two of my ideas on to the pitch and I think it showed.”
“I haven’t had any conversation with Mike.” “I’ve had a few conversations with Managing Director Lee Charnley but it’s all just been about preparing the team for the next game.” “As far as I’m concerned, he’s asked me to do it for the Southampton game and he’ll get my 100%.
It remains to be seen what Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley will decide to do about the head coach position – but it seems like it’s a choice between appointing former Lyon coach Remi Garde now – or wait until the summer and try to get Frank de Boer in from Ajax.
We’d prefer to see a coach appointed sooner rather than later.
What’s that saying again – a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
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