Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri surprised by Rafa Benitez's defensive tactics

Maurizio Sarri plans to stick with a back four

If the Chelsea manager needs to make changes he can look to his bench, with options available including Olivier Giroud and Willian.

DeAndre Yedlin scored the own goal that condemned Newcastle United to a defeat in the 86th minute for Maurizio Sarri's men to leave the St James' Park with maximum three points.

"They have a good manager - I know Sarri well from his experience in Italy".

"We gave everything to Sarri and in three years we have not won anything", De Laurentiis said on Friday.

At half-time Souness and Redknapp launched a scathing attack on Benitez's approach, with the latter claiming "it's not football".

"He has plenty of experience in Serie A and the Champions League and we know he is relishing the chance to work in the Premier League".

"It is not about me and tactics, it is about players, the bigger picture".

'You can be a little bit better on the ball, so I am not happy with how we gave the ball away, but at the same time, we have to understand what we have and how we can maximise what we have. If I have five defenders I immediately lose metres on the pitch, I tried it five years ago but it's not my way.

'I think Naples and Napoli must be proud of these results. All three of the goals in this match came after the 75th minute and Newcastle's late urgency was insufficient to steal a point from the Blues.

Newcastle complained that Fabian Schar's tackle on Marcos Alonso shouldn't have been a penalty, but Sarri refused to comment. "Starting from September, we play three games a week, so there will be space for everybody".

One of the key men in that Napoli side was Brazilian born Italy worldwide Jorginho, who Sarri made sure followed him to Stamford Bridge earlier this summer in a £57 million deal.

With Rafa Benitez deploying a 5-4-1 formation, Jorginho was afforded complete freedom in midfield, constantly supplying Mateo Kovacic and Eden Hazard with the ball as Sarri's side tried to break down a resilient Newcastle defence. They were so compact in there and it was so hard. "So I think it is not so easy to play here against this opponent". "But I think, in this case, with this team, there are very intelligent players". We need to improve, and we want to reach our 100 per cent as soon as possible.



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