Steve Bruce truly comical and delusional as he talks after Chelsea 2 Newcastle 0
Steve Bruce talking after Newcastle United lost at Stamford Bridge on Monday night.
As usual, what he says and what you have just seen with your own eyes, rarely match.
As has been the case in the majority of Premier League matches this season, Newcastle Unite didn’t have a single shot on target in the first-half.
Chelsea totally dominated, scored twice and could have been four or five up, they had the game won by half-time.
Steve Bruce then wants to talk about how much better Newcastle were in the second-half, how much improvement there was. The reality is that Chelsea already had the game won before the break, in the second-half they simply looked to cruise through the final 45 minutes in first gear and that is what they did. Newcastle did have a couple of efforts on goal but it was patently obvious that the home side could have stepped up their game at any time if they needed to.
Steve Bruce goes totally delusional when talking about Newcastle United set to be fine, if they show the same ‘resilience’ as they have the last couple of months.
The reality is that in these past two months, Newcastle United have played fifteen matches and lost eleven of them, only winning two, with two draws. It has been abysmal but Steve Bruce refuses to accept that reality.
Fulham now play at Burnley on Wednesday and if they win this game in hand, they move to within four points of Newcastle United, with next weekend Fulham home to Sheffield United and Newcastle away at Man Utd.
Steve Bruce after Newcastle United lost 2-0 at Chelsea on Monday night:
“Whether it’s [we were too] passive or we didn’t come to terms with them well enough.
“I thought we sat off them a bit too much if I’m honest.
“Their system, we knew how they’d set up, but they’ve caused us problems with Werner in that inside left position.
“We found it a bit of struggle first half but we changed things and it was a lot, lot better.
“If you come here and you get taken apart then OK…but set-pieces were a problem for us.
“They had too many first contacts and that is something we’ll look at.
“Usually it’s a big strength of ours but we had a big problem with set-pieces.
“It’s something we’ll look at.
“Right from the off in the second-half there was more intent, which is what we are trying to implement.
“There’s a few positives in the second-half.
“We make no excuse that we have tried to change over the last six, seven or eight weeks and you are going to come unstuck at times like we did in the first half.
“I think the players are enjoying it, so we have to get a few results, it is getting the balance right.
“I’m far happier with the way we played in the second half, it is the way we want to go about our work.
“I don’t know how many points [we will need to avoid relegation], as there’s that many teams involved. A bit like at the top, apart from Man City. It has been an unbelievable year.
There are six, seven or eight teams looking over their shoulder.
“If we keep showing the same resilience we have shown in the last month or two then we’ll be OK.”
Asked about why DeAndre Yedlin was allowed to leave on a free transfer midway through the season:
“We made a decision.
“He was out of contract and we had three right-backs.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Chelsea 2 Newcastle 0 – Monday 15 February 8pm
Giroud 31, Werner 39
(Half-time stats in brackets)
Possession was Chelsea 66% (68%) Newcastle 34% (32%)
Total shots were Chelsea 18 (12) Newcastle 10 (2)
Shots on target were Chelsea 5 (3) Newcastle 4 (0)
Corners were Chelsea 10 (7) Newcastle 5 (2)
Referee: Peter Bankes
Darlow, Krafth, Lascelles, Clark, Lewis, Willock (Carroll 79), Hayden, Shelvey, Saint-Maximin (Fraser 72), Almiron, Gayle (Joelinton 64)
Dubravka, Dummett, Matty Longstaff, Ritchie, Murphy, Sean Longstaff
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