Rafa keeps the faith de­spite Toon de­feat

Sunday Sun - - Football -

RAFA Ben­itez still has con­fi­dence that New­cas­tle United will stay up this sea­son – de­spite slip­ping into the bot­tom three of the Premier League.

A 2-1 de­feat at Chelsea, cou­pled with pos­i­tive re­sults for fel­low rel­e­ga­tion can­di­dates, means New­cas­tle go into their crunch clash with Cardiff City feel­ing the heat of their grap­ple for sur­vival.

The Mag­pies had a point in their grasp un­til Wil­lian’s won­der strike sealed a vic­tory for Chelsea at Stam­ford Bridge.

Ben­itez said: “What I can see is that we have to stay calm.

“Next week will be mas­sive against Cardiff but we still have to win more games than that.

“We have to do well in the rest of the sea­son.

“I have con­fi­dence in the team and if we con­tinue work­ing like to­day we will have chances to get points against teams that will be closer to us.

“We have to play and we have to be bet­ter than three teams. If we play like to­day we will do it.”

Mean­while Chelsea boss Mau­r­izio Sarri re­flected on the game and felt his side made life dif­fi­cult for them­selves.

He said: “I am very happy with the re­sult. To­day we started well but af­ter the goal we thought it would be easy.

“But it wasn’t. At the end of the first half we were in trou­ble.

“Our men­tal re­ac­tion must im­prove.

“We stopped play­ing at 1-0 up”

Chelsea man­ager Mau­r­izio Sarri

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