Published: Sun, August 26, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Rick Owen

Maurizio Sarri shocked by Rafael Benitez in Newcastle win

Maurizio Sarri shocked by Rafael Benitez in Newcastle win

Newcastle are aiming for a first win. I think the owner [Roman Abramovich] knows my way.

Sarri goes with the same back four that have started the last two matches with Cesar Azpolicueta joined by David Luiz, Antonio Rudiger and Marcos Alonso in defence.

He scored against Arsenal last weekend and looks a decent player - mobile, sound technically, and elegant - but, I'm sorry, I don't want an elegant centre-forward. "I like him very much so I hope that he will remain here in the future". It was good to rest and be fresh. "Now I am here and so happy".

Although the transfer window for the Premier League sides closed on 9th August, the European transfer window is not closing until the end of this month.

"We didn't win in Naples but we had the record number of points for the club and we qualified three times for the Champions League and it was unusual for Napoli". It's great to understand football - it never stops - since I started playing football I always learn from every coach, it's great.

Chelsea travel to Tyneside on Sunday to face Newcastle United in the Premier League and will be hoping for a better performance than their 3-0 drubbing at the hands of the Magpies in the corresponding fixture previous year.

"I think we are in the beginning, we already head everything but you have to learn in your head and pass this to your body and synchronise".

History also provided a pre-game insight for Benitez into just how risky Hazard could be, as he had scored six times in 10 games against Newcastle and scored his only Premier League hat-trick in their stadium.

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