Eden Hazard is not up to full fitness yet - Sarri

Benitez has urged supporters not to boycott games or protest during matches this season

Benitez has urged supporters not to boycott games or protest during matches this season

It was Chelsea's turn to feel aggrieved when Yedlin appeared to elbow Olivier Giroud in the build-up to Joselu heading in a near-post equaliser, but Yedlin handed Chelsea three points by inadvertently turning in Marcos Alonso's first-time effort.

The shape of the game was established from the first minute with Chelsea camping in Newcastle's half with the hosts content to sit back.

"I have spoken with him twice this week, after I spoke to the club, so I think that Loftus-Cheek will remain with us".

"In Italy these tactics were usual but I never saw Rafa play with five in defence so at the beginning I was really surprised", said Sarri, noting that his side had 81% possession.

Benitez insisted, however: "Shelvey has been playing with pain, we tell him you can not carry on with pain because it will stop him".

In the early stages of the new campaign, the Belgian is averaging considerably more touches, more chances created and more shots per 90 minutes than he did last season. So I think we did very well. In all my life we have to be organised, playing attacking football and to score more goals than the others. Sarri isn't known for compromising his beliefs and spoke about his challenge, after last week growing anxious with a 15 minute period against Arsenal, where he side lost control of the game.




"It takes defenders longer because I want to defend by looking only at the ball, and some players have played for 10 years looking at the man, so you have to change the way of thinking of this player, and it's not very easy".

"Everyone knows that. If players have different opinions, then we have to speak about it".

The Coach was eventually hired after pre-season had already begun, due to a contract dispute with Napoli and Antonio Conte's position at Stamford Bridge.

One of the 59 year old's biggest concerns as he adjusts his team, is to improve the defending in the high pressing system he imposes on the players.

"Maybe it would have been better for him in this moment to play 70 or 75 minutes, but after the first goal [Mateo] Kovacic asked me to make the substitution", he explained.

The Blues have won their opening two games of the Premier League season, though Sarri admits there's still a lot of work to do.

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