Chelsea 2 Newcastle 1 - HALF-TIME


Hours later, Rafa Benitez was unveiled as the new Chelsea interim manager.

"We've got a great unity there, and a great squad with some really big characters". We'll fight, and we'll keep going no matter what the situation is. I think I shoot more also.

"We knew we had to get something out of the game".

As he prepared for his return as Magpies manager on Saturday, he said: "A teenager in the Czech Republic put on Twitter that I once said I would never manage Chelsea, but that is simply not true". Silver linings and all that.

Around a third of Chelsea's 28 league goals this season have been headers.

The subsequent seven months proved to be predictably stormy, with the Spaniard, who lost his rag in a memorable press conference at Middlesbrough, remaining persona non grata with many fans despite steadying the ship after a woeful start to the campaign, securing a third-place finish and winning the Europa League in addition to reaching the semi-finals of both domestic cup competitions. The usually reliable Ritchie conceded a penalty and made a mistake for Chelsea's second, midfielder Mikel Merino misplaced passes, and bar his goal Gayle only had one other touch in the Chelsea box.

"The chip annoyed me a little bit. We have to keep improving". "I want the goalkeeper to move because, if he doesn't, I'm in trouble".

However, the lead didn't last long for the visitors with the Belgian on the scoresheet. We showed good motivation and good intensity.

"We knew at some point it would, and to come back from two goals down, it obviously has".

The home side then took control and led 12 minutes before half-time when Moses, who like Hazard was brought back into the line-up, fired a cross in the direction of Morata.

Cesar Azpilicueta's ball from the right was blocked by Florian Lejeune but the loose ball found its way to the Belgium international, who smashed in his seventh goal in 10 games. "He enjoyed it a lot to play this type of football".

Pedro has always been the quiet man in a team of loud superstars but his demurring manner means his qualities are sometimes overlooked.

Ritchie's performance was more impressive given he was playing with a broken wrist. "I will leave at the end of the season so they don't need to waste time with me".

"When you think of the players who can take the mantle from the two top players at the moment - Messi and Ronaldo - Hazard comes into that category".