Sarri Not Worried About Chelsea Defense

The new Chelsea manager was allowed to invest heavily in Kepa and Jorginho over the summer while his Magpies counterpart found himself once again having to make ends meet, and the latter knows last season's "miracle" 10th-place finish will be hard to replicate.

However, Sarri's side scored a crucial goal and earned all three points available as Yedlin scored an own goal in the 87th minute.

On Chelsea's penalty, he said "I don't know if it was a penalty".

The two men will go head-to-head at St James' Park on Sunday when the Spaniard's Newcastle host Sarri's Chelsea, having both enjoyed successful spells at the Stadio San Paolo.

Benitez said a lack of options in his squad led him to opt for more defensive tactics, with Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles absent with an ankle injury. When I am Newcastle United I have to manage, I have what I have. It's about the big picture.


The 22-year-old reached out and attempted to high-five Morata, but as you can see below, it didn't turn out how he'd planned. "I think that this team from a character point of view is a strong team". In all my life we have to be organised, playing attacking football and to score more goals than the others.

For 75 minutes Chelsea had the ball and Newcastle lined up in a 5-4-1 formation, defending for their lives.

First up: a huge moment of controversy arrived as Marcos Alonso surged into the box and won a penalty kick, although Fabian Schar looked to have got the ball with his challenge and a piece of Alonso too. "Starting from September, we play three games a week, so there will be space for everybody".

With Italy worldwide Jorginho having followed Sarri to Chelsea from Napoli and becoming the anchorman in the team's three-man midfield, many wondered how this would impact on Kante - a diminutive and dynamic player who has mastered the role of shielding a defence with his timely tackling and positional play. Talking about it, Spanish left-back said, "I think I touch the ball and then I get in front of the player, in between the player and the ball and when I'm going to pass to [Olivier] Giroud, I just went down because he makes me down". They were so compact in there and it was so hard. We needed to move the ball very fast and be patient.


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