"But when I saw it again, he does get the ball for me - I know Ruud's going to disagree though!"
Pointing to the superior quality in the Chelsea ranks, he explained that he felt he had no other choice.
Less than four minutes later Chelsea hit the victor.
Hazard, back in the starting line-up, had calmly slotted home from the spot after Alonso was controversially adjudged to have been fouled by Fabian Schär, who appeared to win the ball.
Rafa Benitez sprung several changes ahead of the visit of Chelsea on Sunday afternoon. Andy Gray seems to think so!
"It's a nice goal but it's a sad day because we lost the game". Willian & Ross Barkley drops to the bench.
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Summer signing Diogo Dalot is also training as Mourinho looks to name a team capable of giving top-four rivals a bloody nose once more.
Chelsea are a phenomenal passing side, and they were in a sensational rhythm against Newcastle.
Speaking on Sky Sports, Jamie Redknapp ripped into Benitez's gameplan and went so far as to claim that the Spaniard's strategy didn't quite qualify as football. But by playing his game; holding them with a unique and intelligently applied defensive system and then trying to steal a goal on the break, he gave his team a chance. "It's very hard to get results in the Premier League and to win three in a row is something special, something wonderful", Gracia told the club's website.
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The Magpies will be frustrated last time out following their 1-1 draw with Cardiff.
Newcastle has one point from three games. The former Liverpool midfielder is feisty in the tackle and is likely to start In central midfield.
That prompted suggestions Cahill could leave Chelsea, either on loan or permanently, before the end of the month when the overseas and Championship transfer windows close. The Blues raced into a 2-0 lead before Arsenal came back into the contest, scoring two goals in four first-half minutes to level the score at 2-2. At one stage in the second half, the percentage soared to 90 with Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez seemingly having told his players to retreat when Chelsea had possession.