Newcastle United 1-2 Chelsea: 5 Talking Points

Tyler Owen
August 27, 2018

Former Chelsea defender Frank Sinclair has admitted he is still not convinced by the centre-back partnership between David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger, despite the Blues beating Newcastle United 2-1 at St. James' Park on Sunday.

Benitez, meanwhile, defended his approach to the match.

"It's not too easy to play here, this match has been more hard than Italy", said the former Napoli boss.

"Of course we get the luxury of watching it again and initially I thought it did look like a pen".

The Brazilian playmaker is widely regarded as one of the Premier League's top attacking talent but Willian was linked with a move away from Chelsea FC in the summer transfer window.

Newcastle United will be targeting their first home win of the 2018/2019 Premier League season but will face an uphill task against a Chelsea side who have picked up maximum points so far this season.

The Reds have gone onto win their opening three matches without conceding a single goal and now sit pretty at the top of the Premier League table.

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'We did that in the first half, but in the second, we conceded a penalty and an own goal then they get the three points.

Hazard was involved in the build up to the penalty being awarded, cleverly exchanging passes with Alonso, who went down under Schär's challenge.

With Watford beating Crystal Palace 2-1, it is only the fourth time in its 137-year history that the team has won its first three games of a league season, and the first time in the Premier League.

So the question - Was Rafa Benitez right to use those tactics with players available and opposition quality? However, a very controversial penalty decision gave Eden Hazard the chance to break the deadlock.

Sarri's men maintained their 100 per cent start to the season in controversial fashion, a contentious Eden Hazard penalty awarded after a Fabian Schar challenge on Marcos Alonso - in which the Switzerland global seemed to make contact with the ball - giving them the lead. "We are only three games in".

"I was surprised at Rafa", Sarri said "In Italy, I have never seen him play with five defenders so I was really surprised".

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