But, while Chelsea remain in control of the race to qualify for the Champions League, this was a far from convincing performance.
"We have to beat the teams at the bottom of the table".
Benitez's side are a point adrift of safety after losing 2-1 to Chelsea on Saturday.
Mohamed Salah scored his 14th league goal of the season from the penalty spot after being fouled by Pascal Gross.
"We slept for 25 minutes and then we were in trouble. I think we need to improve our mentality".
"It is very hard to understand". [Hudson-Odoi] is becoming for us a really important player.
Revealingly, in the week that Cesc Fabregas departed for Monaco, Sarri said he would have taken off his talisman Jorginho - booed at one stage, saying: "He lost a lot of balls". "I need an option for Jorginho". The club knows very well my opinion. It depends on the club decision, I think.
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But there should be a reason to move someone at that spot after a few years going quite positive for the tennis. First time we met and played. "I'm not sure I'm able to play through the pain for another four of five months".
The Magpies' 18 points is their lowest tally after 22 matches of a top-flight season since they were relegated in 1988-89.
And according to recent reports, the 30-year-old has caught the eye of the Catalan giants once again in the January window.
Chelsea dominated possession in the first half-hour, but they switched off at the back as Newcastle nearly snatched an equaliser.
Florian Lejeune fired a long-range volley through a sea of bodies for Kepa Arrizabalaga to make his first save, while Ayoze Perez sliced wide of the target after latching on to Salomon Rondon's flicked pass.
It was a warning that Sarri's men failed to heed and in the 40th minute Newcastle were level. With Eden [Hazard] as a striker, we need wingers.
We are a week into the winter transfer market, and there are three more weeks to go.
The atmosphere was on the verge of turning even more toxic until Willian came to the rescue in the 57th minute.