Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

United Still a Good Side Says Clarke

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

United Still a Good Side Says Clarke

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Byline: By Alan Oliver

Chelsea have leapt to Newcastle United's defence after Sir Bobby Robson's side were mauled 5-0 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

It was a result which saw the gloom descend on Tyneside.

There has been criticism for all and sundry from a disgruntled Toon Army, especially from those who coughed up pounds 42 to go through the Stamford Bridge turnstiles and then didn't get home until the early hours of Monday.

Former United assistant manager Steve Clarke, a Chelsea legend from his playing days at Stamford Bridge, is now Claudio Ranieri's youth team coach.

And after his time alongside Ruud Gullit at St James' Park, Clarke understands only too well what is required from any United team.

But Clarke told me: "When Chelsea hit top form they are awesome, although as well as we played against my old team on Sunday I think there is still more to come.

"When we look back on the game we have to be positive and say that we were very good. …

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