Rafael Benitez praises Maurizio Sarri ahead of Newcastle's clash with Chelsea

Deanna Kelley
August 26, 2018

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.

This season in the Premier League, Hazard has not started a game for the Blues, but he is expected to face Newcastle United on Sunday, August 26. The Blues will hope to take advantage of the situation.

Kepa Arrizabalaga looked nervous during the cross-town derby versus Arsenal last weekend and he should have done much better with Henrikh Mkhitaryan's effort at the near post. Andreas Christensen will have to make do with a place on the bench.

The Blues have endured a tough run on Tyneside with just one point attained over the past six years but they have the opportunity to shed this record under Maurizio Sarri.

"It's not so easy in this period because we play only once a week", he said.

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"When I arrived in Naples I had the feeling that the team was nearly ready to play my football".

In midfield, Sarri should likewise stick with the winning combination with N'Golo Kante, Jorginho and Barkley making the lineup. I chose to put two wingers and only one midfielder on the bench.

"I think we are in the beginning, we already head everything but you have to learn in your head and pass this to your body and synchronise".

In an interview with L'Equipe, De Laurentiis said he had been left with mixed feelings about Sarri's stint in Naples because of "the pleasure of having played well but also the bitterness of not having won anything" under his guidance.

"It is awesome to play football, of course last season was not the best for me inside the pitch, but also I learned a lot outside the pitch as a person, as a man", he told Sky Sports ahead of Chelsea's Sunday trip to Newcastle United, where they will look to make it three top-flight wins out of three this season. "Like Eden, Mateo is ready to play for 60 or 65 minutes".

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