We like the way Rafa Benitez win, lose or draw after the game gives his analysis of what happened in the game.
Today we were holding our own and were on top when Chelsea made a quick breakaway, and at the time it was against the run of play.
And then just before halftime, they made it 2-0 with another breakaway – both goals being scored by a former target of ours – Belgium International Michy Batshuayi.
The second half was a no-contest.
Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez – explains precisely what happened today
If only we could have Michy at Newcastle – what a difference that would make.
This is what Rafa said after the game as reported in the Chronicle:
“We tried today.” “The team selection was to stay in the competition and the way we played after you have to accept the difference between the two teams.”
“You have to play against Chelsea away and normally the difference between the top six and the other teams it’s really difficult.”
“We tried and we played really well in the first half and did what we needed to do to put them under pressure.“
“After that, the difference of quality in some situations was the key.” “The first half we did really well, we had chances and were on top of them.”
“For me we controlled the game and made a mistake on the counter-attack.”
“We were unlucky in the second counter-attack and were 2-0 down against a good team.”
“In the second half they were much better because we were more exposed.”
We thought Newcastle were outstanding in the first 30 minutes or so, but the second half became depressing as Chelsea were so much better than us.
When we are on top if only we can take some of the chances that we create to get a foothold in the game – but we miss far too many opportunities – just like last season.
Remember – goals change games.
Anyway, for the sake of Rafa and Newcastle – let’s hope our owner can shock us all, and get two or even three good players through the door before Wednesday night.
We need them badly to go with Kenedy who looks like an excellent young player.