David Luiz confirms he had rift with Antonio Conte

Tanya Cunningham
August 26, 2018

Last 5 meetings between Chelsea and Newcastle in the premier league have ended with Chelsea winning on 3 occasions and Newcastle just winning at one and 1 game resulted in a draw. "We work on defending every week and I am not anxious because, when I arrive at a new team, usually I have problems with the defensive phase for two or three months", he said.

"I am not able to play with five defenders, because we are trying to defend by looking only at the ball", he said. "I feel exhausted tonight, but the whole team is exhausted but we have the points".

Eden Hazard will make his first start of the season for Chelsea away to Newcastle United, while Mateo Kovacic has been handed a full debut by Maurizio Sarri.

So don't look at the others, it doesn't help you. "It's usually three months, but my feeling is in [sic] this team there are a lot of intelligent players so I hope only two months". You have to change completely.

Sarri added: "Doing things this way depends only on you".

Pep Guardiola's team's 1015 passes against Swansea in April this year is top of the chart, which overtook the record of 976 they had set and then levelled in March against Chelsea and Everton. You are not depending on the opponent.

Asked if experienced players find his approach to defending scary, Sarri replied: "For two or three months". It's very easy and, if you defend by looking only at the ball, you can stay very high up the pitch.

He teed up Marcos Alonso for the victor last weekend and, while he has only played 43 minutes so far, only Manchester City's Benjamin Mendy has provided more assists at the start of the new season. Maybe I would have to do that, but I am better when I play my way of football.

"I want to enjoy, I want to have fun, press the ball", he said.

It was a satisfying half for Benitez, who saw his side create two opportunities on the break when Kepa Arrizabalaga had to save from Jacob Murphy and Salomon Rondon wasted an excellent chance by heading wide.

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