Published: Sat, October 21, 2017
Health Care | By Alberto Manning

Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend ready for frosty Newcastle United reception

Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend ready for frosty Newcastle United reception

Under normal circumstances this would seem a fairly straight forward home win for the Blues - but they do not seem like a team with any kind of fluency or harmony now, and last weeks loss to Crystal Palace made it two league losses on the bounce for Chelsea and their third of the season already.

And fans - who have always been critical of Ashley - are hopeful that an owner can be found who will invest more in the club.

Asked about the importance of the next few months, Benitez went on: "Because I want to stick with my answer and concentrate on football and Crystal Palace, I will not say too much".

That result, in which the fit-again Wilfried Zaha excelled in a front two with Andros Townsend while Mamadou Sakho provided stability in defence, has transformed Palace from a near-certainty to be relegated to a team suddenly expecting to survive. I know everything about the history, the comments - that doesn't change my opinion.

Both sides are expected to field the same starting lineups from last weekend, with the Magpies looking to return to winning ways after consecutive draws, but they should be wary of an inspired Palace side looking to play catch up after a woeful start to the campaign. You have to be careful as a coach or manager to even those things out a little bit and not allow people to think every defeat is some sort of funeral atmosphere or every win is euphoria.

"When I signed here it was because I could see the potential".

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Benitez admitted: "I was talking really well about him with our directors - and when I left they appointed him".

The newly promoted side have been in good form after coming up as title winners, and they are an organised outfit who can frustrate opponents and also cause them some issues themselves. "The fans will be excited of course but that will not have influence on how I behave". I think we can do better.

"Believe me, we are not talking about it, I didn't hear any player talking about that".

'But we have to do everything right.

"So if you want to improve any club, the fans, they will see things happening on the pitch but you have to be sure the other things are right and that gives you more guarantees on the pitch".

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