Rondon defends Newcastle tactics after Sky pundit Jamie Redknapp blasst Benitez

Salomon Rondon has defended Newcastle’s defensive tactics – and admitted they will have to park the bus against all of the top teams.

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez has been hammered after trying to shut up shop against Chelsea with TV pundit Jamie Redknapp calling them “embarrassing” and “hard to watch.”

But they now face reigning champions Manchester City on Saturday with Newcastle striker Rondon admitting they will have to go defensive against Pep Guardiola’s men.

Rondon said: “When you play against teams like this, you try not to concede goals.

“We played defensively (against Chelsea) and the possession was 81 per cent to them. But we still created chances.

“We played really well in the first 45 minutes against Chelsea and after that we conceded a penalty and lost the game.

“But we have to look at the best moments for us. We have to try to move on to the next game with hard work.”

Benitez used the same tactics against City at St James’s Park last season as he insisted their first priority was to keep their goal difference down rather than go for the win.

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But now they go to City on Saturday and Rondon insists they must come through their difficult early tests with Arsenal to follow after the international break.

Rondon added: “Our schedule is difficult now. We will have played the big five in the league early but we try to do our best and get some points.

“At home you have to try for three points but teams like Chelsea and Tottenham will make it difficult. The most important thing for us to keep going.”

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