Rafa Benitez returned to Stamford Bridge and Chelsea fans once again showed themselves up.
You couldn’t hear much from them overall but during the game but you did hear them dishing out stick to their former boss, who in the space of six months delivered the Europa League trophy and Champions League football via third in the Premier League.
Fair to say that the Chelsea fans generally saw the game as a bit of a walkover despite going one down.
Also fair to say they don’t have much good to say about Newcastle fans, although the feeling is mutual!
Eden Hazard was rested against Swansea in midweek but Antonio Conte played his ‘A’ team against Newcastle, I guess it is something to at least be treated with respect by the Chelsea boss, although it would have been interesting to see what would have happened without their Belgian superstar…
‘Winning the Europa League clouded the Rafa Benitez failings that season.
His coaching cost us a lot of Premier League points, a chance at another league cup final and a World Club Championship win.
He always set us up not to lose, he never set us up to win. Even when we were chasing a win, his choice of a sub was a RB.
Us winning the Europa League was great, but considering the opposition we had, it would have been a major cock up if we had not won it. Any of those teams we faced would have been an expected easy win if it was a Champions League game.
He also tried to force Terry into an early retirement by saying things like Terry couldn’t play more than one game a week anymore. He refused to apologise for past comments made at the club and it’s fans and he also refused to back us when Suarez sunk his teeth into Ivanovic.
Benitez never even tried to get on the right side of us Chelsea fans.
He used us as a way to spark some life into his managerial career. He doesn’t deserve our respect, he never did enough to earn it.’
‘I would give the team more credit, we’ve left our small bad patch behind us and we are outplaying teams easily at the moment. The other teams aren’t getting a sniff at goal. I just watched the extended highlights that seemed to be Newcastle’s only chance of the game and even their goal was fortunate and a dead giveaway.’
‘Well done Chelsea, love sending those maggots back up to the north east with a defeat.’
‘A comfortable win at the Bridge yesterday after a dodgy start. Could have scored more goals but for some good goal-keeping and blocks by the Newcastle defence.’
‘Slow start (not that I saw it, with 20 minutes of trying to find a decent stream), but comfortable enough in the end. Always good to beat the FSW.’
‘I haven’t watched the Newcastle match yet but it looks like they barely had a sniff at goal all game.’
‘Thought we played pretty well, having Hazard in the team was a huge plus. We never let the mistake or bad referee decisions get to us, and kept going at them until we get the 2 goals lead.’
‘I’m struggling to find a team in the world that is as dependent on their star player as we are. You take Hazard out and we struggle to score goals in any game but the very easiest opponents.’
‘You could find a few who changed their minds after Rafa Benitez won the EL, but most still hated his guts.’
‘Should have been at least 5-1 given the possession we had. I wonder how many are pleased with this performance and how many disappointed.’
‘Thank you Matt Ritchie.’
‘Funny, as soon as we needed a goal we started to play great. As soon as we encouraged Benitez to sit back, it became easy.
Shame we didn’t start the game as if we wanted to win it. Shame we didn’t even pick a team to win it, given how now winning looks so much easier than hanging on for a draw.’
‘Complete domination after shaky moments early. Moses in particular improved massively after some jitters early on.’
‘We were very good, one of our best performances this season. Hazard, take a bow, son.’
‘Really poor start and to some extent them taking the lead helped us.
A good win, expected, some good play and hazard was electric.’
‘Weren’t at our best again today but got the win to put us level with Utd. Good performances from Drinkwater & Moses.’
‘We were at our best today.. really good.Lovely link up play and everyone putting in loads of effort.
Best we have played this season.’
‘Ref was a geordie.’
‘This Newcastle team is SO mediocre looking.’