REDKNAPP AND SOUNESS SLAM BENITEZ’S TACTICS

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Chelsea dominated proceedings in our 2-1 win over Newcastle at the St James Park.

Maurizio Sarri’s side had over 80% possession of the ball as the bulk of the game was played in Newcastle’s half.

The home side were content sitting back and challenging Sarri’s side to break them down, and it was difficult for the Blues.

The game eventually ended in Chelsea’s favour, but Graeme Souness and Jamie Redknapp were disappointed with the lack of ambition shown by a team at home.

“It’s been hard to watch,” Redknapp told Sky Sports. “It’s not football.

“It’s working, yeah, but it’s not football.

“He’s the only manager in the Premier League who can get away with this, he’s made a living out of playing this way.

“It’s hard to watch, it’s hard to sell to your own team.”

When asked if he would have got away with those tactics during his spell as Newcastle manager, Souness replied: “No, definitely not.

“It’s like Newcastle are playing a big European tie away from home. If that was the case we’d be saying they’re doing a great job: disciplined, organised, everyone knows what they’re doing.

“Newcastle are a big football club and I think people will be surprised at the way they’re playing today. You have a go at home.

“I think they’re getting away with it because there is so much ill feeling directed towards the owner, I think the manager is playing on that fact somewhat. He’s playing a brand of football that doesn’t excite but saying I’ve got to do that.

“It’s a hard sell to players.”

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