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Plenty of Newcastle fans furious with Benítez’s formation against Chelsea

Plenty of Newcastle fans furious with Benítez’s formation against Chelsea

A lot of Newcastle fans have shown their dismay at the formation deployed by manager Rafa Benítez in yesterday’s loss at home to Chelsea.

The Spanish manager opted to play with five defenders, giving Federico Fernandez and Fabian Schär their first start for The Magpies, as his side went down 2-1 to Maurizio Sarri’s Blues.

Benítez then opted for four midfielders, giving Ki Sung-yueng his first start, with Salomón Rondón playing as a lone striker.

While this formation has been used by a number of Premier League outfits with great success, Newcastle used it as an opportunity to sit very deep and hope to hold Chelsea back. This worked for 75 minutes until The Magpies conceded a dubious penalty.

But fans did not take to kindly to Benítez’s formation, criticising the boring style of football. However, had their side been able to nick a draw against the former Premier League champions, they may have felt differently.

This is what the fans had to say:

Newcastle playing with a flat back 9 formation

— Márcio (@MarcioLelis_) August 26, 2018

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