Rafael Benitez has defended his conservative tactics as Newcastle United fell to a narrow 2-1 defeat at the hands of Chelsea on Sunday afternoon.
The Magpies lined up in a 5-4-1 formation at St James' Park and, despite being overrun in possession, were level with the Blues in the latter stages of the game.
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri admitted after the game that he had "never seen a Rafa Benitez side play with five defenders" but the Spaniard stated that he had little choice in who he could deploy.
Asked by BBC Sport about his system, Benitez replied: "It depends on the players you have.
"If I had [Eden] Hazard I would give it to him and he would make the difference. We know that we can be better with the ball, but I think we did well until the end."
Joselu's goal in the 83rd minute was Newcastle's first shot on target since the sixth minute and their only shot on target in the second half.