Fans rush to Benitez defense after massive criticism

"Yesterday, Wolves against Manchester City was an fantastic game and they [City] had 71 per cent of possession, so possession means nothing".

"I am very proud to be Watford coach".

As always, Premier League's newest edition has begun with a bang and Chelsea, under Maurizio Sarri, has made a flawless start as the London club made it from three in three.

"Against better teams we would get punished".

Watford, who have recorded wins over Brighton & Hove Albion, Burnley and Crystal Palace so far, host Tottenham Hotspur in the league next Sunday.

Newcastle managed just 19% possession after the game but Benitez argued that statistics count for very little. "It's not that I felt the contact and went down, he made me".

Although Sarri said in midweek that he would only be able to play until the hour mark, Hazard completed the full 90 minutes and was rightfully named as the Man of the Match.


A controversial penalty awarded to the Blues in the 75th minute helped them on their way to three valuable points, leaving manager Maurizio Sarri craving a smoke after a nervous all around affair. The stats are just for the TV.

'The Premier League is always like this - every weekend is the same, ' said Hazard, who was making his first start of the season.

Scoring his first goal of the new season in Chelsea's 3-2 win over Arsenal, Alvaro Morata must have hoped this was the start of a new chapter to his tenure at Stamford Bridge.

There were five goals in the first half, two of them by Fulham's powerful Serbian forward Aleksandar Mitrovic, who then hit a post before Andre Schurrle netted the rebound for his side's late fourth. They face Man City next.

"We're not happy about the foul".

'It is not about me and the tactics, it is about players, the results and the bigger picture.

"It depends on the auto you have, you have to drive that vehicle in the best way", he said after the game. But it has been more hard because in Italy I never saw Rafa play with five defenders at the back.

  • Steve Townsend