Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri surprised by Rafa Benitez's defensive tactics

Benítez is revered by Newcastle United supporters who have been protesting against Ashley’s ownership of the club

Benítez is revered by Newcastle United supporters who have been protesting against Ashley’s ownership of the club Ed Sykes Action Images

"I am not able to play with five defenders, because we are trying to defend by looking only at the ball", he said. When I am Newcastle United I have to manage, I have what I have.

Chelsea continued their winning form under the tutelage of Maurizio Sarri, who replaced Antonio Conte at the helm of the former English Premier League champions this summer, as they beat Newcastle, coached by former Real Madrid managed Rafael Benitez, by 2-1.

The Mirror adds that Cahill has fallen down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge under Maurizio Sarri, as the Italian has reinstated David Luiz into the starting XI.


"We tried to stay in the game until the last minute but this is football - we conceded an own goal and it's an unlucky result for us".

@ConorMcNamaraIE: While they probably didn't deserve it, Newcastle really should have won at Cardiff last weekend.

Willian - on for Pedro - floated in the free-kick from which Chelsea's victor came, with Giroud winning a crucial far-post header. I am happy with him. "I am more concerned about the second goal because after the foul we have to have more concentration". I remained in London. I don't know for 90 minutes. "If players have different opinions then we have to speak about it, that's it, and then we stick to the plan".


It was Chelsea's turn to feel aggrieved when Yedlin appeared to elbow Olivier Giroud in the build-up to Joselu heading a near-post equaliser, but the American handed Chelsea three points by inadvertently turning in Marcos Alonso' first-time effort. "I try to find the striker, to be more offensive, to cause problems for the opponents". He's playing a brand of football that doesn't excite but saying I've got to do that.

Fans chanted against Ashley, who put the club up for sale past year.

Before this game he earmarked Sarri's team as genuine title candidates and even gave them the edge over Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal, so Benitez was never likely to go toe-to-toe with Chelsea. "I think that this team from a character point of view is a strong team".


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