Chelsea’s Belgian captain Eden Hazard scored the opening goal at St.James park.
DeAndre Yedlin own goal maintain chelsea 100 percent start to the Premier League season as the Blues ground out a 2-1 win at Newcastle on Sunday.
Yedlin deflected Marcos Alonso’s shot into his own net in the 87th minute to settle a match that had threatened to end in frustration for Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri.
Newcastle responded with a goal from Joselu in a rare attack and looked set to steal a point before Chelsea’s last-gasp winner made it three successive victories for the Blues.
Benitez will say his approach was justified and it acknowledged the gap in quality between the two squads.
Before this game he earmarked Sarri’s team as genuine title candidates and even gave them the edge over Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal, so Benitez was never likely to go toe-to-toe with Chelsea.
Jorginho, a player Benitez bought while he was in charge of Napoli, prompted intelligently in midfield and Hazard, starting for the first time this season, twisted and turned as he probed for a gap in Newcastle’s defence that often featured nine men in front of keeper Martin Dubravka.