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Sarri's Napoli pushed Juventus all the way in Serie A last season

Sarri’s Napoli pushed Juventus all the way in Serie A last season

Rafa Benitez deployed an ultra-defensive lineup against Chelsea, but Maurizio Sarri's men still found a way to score twice and earned a victory over Newcastle United.

I must admit that like a fair few foreign managers coming into English football these days, such as Klopp and Guardiola (plus Rafa of course), I like Sarri's style. I would say that as a defender if you go to ground in the box, then you are giving yourself a problem.

Pedro has scored in his last two Premier League games and will be a threat against Newcastle.

On Newcastle's new players Joselu said "We've signed good players and for some players it is their first games". As a manager, you have to make decisions; as a pundit, you have to give opinions.

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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 don't know about here in England though.

"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.

"I feel very exhausted", Hazard said, with a wry smile, after being asked about his treatment by Newcastle's players. We lost to a big team with big players.

"I'm enjoying it a lot, we have a great philosophy, a great manager and an wonderful spirit in the team so it's great to be playing". Chelsea lost here, Manchester United lost here, Arsenal lost here.

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They had 1098 touches, again a league-high and again over 100 more than second place.

Benitez clearly would have been content with a point but his defensive tactics were not enough to prevent the Blues from maintaining their ideal start to the Premier League season.

The Italy international's distribution from midfield was impressive and, remarkably, he completed 19 more passes than the Newcastle XI combined in the first 45 minutes, which ended goalless. "It was the preferred [option], so it was impossible for him to rest".

The Blues dominated possession throughout as Newcastle set up in the deepest of blocks.

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