The Guardian reported on Tuesday morning that Benitez took his players to task for their shoddy performance against Manchester City on Sunday.
According to the report, senior players defended themselves from his criticism, including John Terry, as the divisions and leaks that have damaged the club so much in recent times continues.
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Since Guus Hiddink arrived at the helm, Chelsea have improved considerably after a tricky start to the campaign.
Newcastle United are staring down the barrel of relegation to the Championship for the second time in the past eight years.