Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko piles pressure on Chelsea manager Rafael Benítez

03 February 2013 11:00
It was Benitez’s misfortune to be confronted by a Newcastle United side reinvigorated by their transfer window signings, rather than the troubled team who started the year, and there is only so much the Spaniard can transform in the space of 13 games. But Benítez understood that there is no more febrile club to work for in the Premier League and, after just one win in six and having thrown away five points from winning positions in stoppage time in the space of a week, he is chewed up and in danger of being spat out again. With the words interim chiselled in front of his job title, he will only ever have felt like a temporary incumbent, but after Newcastle outplayed his side for long periods in this thriller, his stay could be even shorter than envisaged. Revitalised by their five new signings from France and inspired by the three, Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran and Mathieu Debuchy, who started this game, Newcastle look like a force to be reckoned with again. Two wins in a week have put some distance between themselves and the drop zone. Relegation worries are rapidly disappearing and optimism, so depressingly crushed after last season’s fifth-place finish by injuries and the arrogance that stopped them from strengthening the squad last summer, is returning like buds on the trees.

Source: telegraph