Jamie Redknapp has advice for McClaren on how to play against Chelsea

Jamie Redknapp

Newcastle United will face Chelsea at St. James’ Park in the Premier League this evening.

Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jamie Redknapp has written on Skysports.com that Newcastle United should look to play more direct football.

Newcastle have made a disappointing start to the 2015-16 Premier League campaign and find themselves second from bottom in the relegation zone at the moment.

The Magpies will take on Chelsea at St. James’ Park in the league this evening, and former Tottenham midfielder Redknapp has advised head coach Steve McClaren on how to play against the Blues.

“Newcastle may have to play more direct and percentage football until they get some confidence but a bit of effort will go a long way to getting the fans back on side,” Redknapp wrote on Skysports.com.

“If they lose 3-2 but work hard and make tackles and show real desire, they'll get applauded off the pitch on Saturday.

“But if they get beaten 3-0, don't make a challenge, don't lay a glove on Chelsea, they'll get more stick than ever before.”

Redknapp’s advice to McClaren is a sound one, but executing it is not going to be easy, especially as Chelsea appear to have got their form back.

The Blues are not playing exactly great at the moment, but they have a better team with better players.

The key to winning for Newcastle today is to score an early goal. That will not only force Chelsea to come out more, but it will also get the fans behind them.

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