Maurizio Sarri reveals how long his Chelsea FC plan will take


With Rafael Benitez making six changes to the side that drew 0-0 with Cardiff last week, many around St. James' Park were surprised to see that club captain Jamaal Lascelles wasn't even named among the substitutes.

Speaking in an interview with Sky Sports before the trip to Newcastle United on Sunday, Sarri said: "They are working well, trying to improve, working on the mistakes".

Newcastle travel to reigning champions Manchester City on Saturday and will nearly certainly adopt exactly the same game plan that saw Rondon play as a lone striker, ahead of a five-man defence and a deep four-man midfield sitting in front of them. But not at home.

Already forming an eye-catching partnership with N'Golo Kante, Chelsea's number five remarkably completed 158 passes, more than the whole Newcastle side could manage combined.

We asked the question on Sunday evening - Was Rafa Benitez right to use those tactics with players available and opposition quality?

Benitez nearly had the last laugh because Newcastle were on the verge of taking a point from the game.

Alonso reckons he didn't go to ground easily and said after the game: "I think I touched the ball and got in front of the opponent. It's not that I felt the contact and went down, he made me".

'When I was at Napoli I was attacking all the time.

Yedlin was to be involved crucially again four minutes later when he diverted Alonso's shot into his own goal to seal Chelsea's third successive victory.

"We are Chelsea and we never give up", said the outstanding Hazard.

Chelsea doimated the game in terms of possession, but they struggled to create many clear cut chances against the home sides expertly organised defence.

Opposite number Sarri was delighted with the application of his players as they recorded a third successive win, but was refusing to get carried away by the Blues' ideal start.

Fabian Schar, Federico Fernandez, Ki Sung-yeung and Salomon Rondon all started for Newcastle, and it was the big defender from Swansea who fans were raving about on social media after the match.