Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri says changing defensive tactics may prove hard

Sherman Parsons
August 27, 2018

Watford fans are on cloud nine after seeing their side chalk up three straight wins to start the season but manager Javi Gracia says they must not get carried away with their early season Premier League form. Newcastle, meanwhile, went in search of their first win of the season. In all, the Spaniard has made six changes to his side, with last week's flop, Chelsea loanee Kenedy dropping out due to the terms of his loan deal. Replays clearly showed that Newcastle defender Fabian Schär won the ball when attempting to tackle Chelsea's Marcos Alonso, yet a spot kick was still awarded.

Yedlin, who set up Joselu for the equalizer in the 83rd minute, stretched his leg out to block a shot from Marcos Alonso in the 88th and contrived to divert the ball into his own net.

"Against these teams you can lose because they play a crucial pass, or ball behind, or fantastic cross, so to conceded two goals, a penalty that was doubtful, and a free-kick that was doubtful.

We were a bit unlucky when they scored to make it 1-1".

"I think it's better [to defend looking at the ball]".

A day of protests outside of the stadium, the last thing Newcastle want is for their key defender feuding with the manager.

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In midfield , Sarri should likewise stick with the winning combination with N'Golo Kante, Jorginho and Barkley making the lineup. Andreas Christensen will have to make do with a place on the bench.

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An uneventful first hour saw the Blues largely frustrated by Rafa Benitez's tactics in a spirited defensive performance from Newcastle, before Eden Hazard gave Chelsea the lead through a 76th-minute penalty.

"But it has been more hard because in Italy I never saw Rafa play with five defenders at the back", said Sarri, who arrived in the summer after leaving a job at Napoli where he had succeeded Benitez.

Against Arsenal, which Chelsea won 3-2, Marcos Alonso scored the victor to help the Blues steel all three points.

Jorginho put on a passing clinic during the first half of Sunday's Premier League clash between Newcastle United and Chelsea.

Asked what he thought about seeing his side joint-top of the table, he said: "Nothing, I think, because the honour is after 38 matches, so after three..." "We knew playing open against them, with their ability, they can beat players".

The Stamford Bridge faithful have been praying all summer that Eden Hazard will remain a Chelsea player this season, despite being heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid. The league is on 38 matches, so after is important to start very well.

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