Jorginho completes more passes than entire Newcastle team

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Perhaps a more recent memory for some fans would be the 3-0 humbling Chelsea endured on the final day of last season but the list is enormous and it is hopefully destined to remain intact without any further woeful additions.

Kenedy couldn't play against parent club Chelsea, whilst I didn't hear anybody moaning about Joselu and Perez being dropped to the bench.

But Di Canio told Sky Italia: "The movements has been too slow, players who carry the ball too much like Hazard, we have not seen the game of Sarri, it's an important victory, but I'm sure that one who cares about details like Sarri will not be happy". "It was so hard for us, Newcastle were so compact, we needed to move the ball very fast". To draw with five minutes from the end, it would have been more hard. "I think this (Chelsea) team from a character point of view is a strong team", Sarri said.

Benitez said a lack of options in his squad led him to opt for more defensive tactics, with Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles absent with an ankle injury.

"There is a rick in both of them individually at the moment that we have to be careful about".

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

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Before this game he earmarked Sarri's team as genuine title candidates and even gave them the edge over Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal, so Benitez was never likely to go toe-to-toe with Chelsea. "If players have different opinions then we have to speak about it, that's it, and then we stick to the plan".

Rafael Benitez did not agree with Jamie Redknapp and Graeme Souness' characterisation of Newcastle's defeat to Chelsea on Sunday.

"I think he played very well".

"Against better teams we would get punished". "So it was the preferred [option], so it was impossible for him to rest".

Maurizio Sarri, who now has three wins from three as Chelsea's boss looked unimpressed by Newcastle's negative tactics as they had just 19 percent possession throughout.

It was the first time they had begun with three wins out of three in the top tier of English football, keeping them right up among the early pacemakers.