Moses Absent As Hazard’s Goal, Yedlin Own-Goal Help Chelsea Pip Newcastle

Benitez has urged supporters not to boycott games or protest during matches this season

Benitez has urged supporters not to boycott games or protest during matches this season Credit GETTY IMAGES

For about 75 minutes, Chelsea's visit to Newcastle United was as boring as could be. I think, if you arrive to think in this way, then it's very easy.

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Hazard nearly put Chelsea in front with another dazzling moment shortly before the break, dummying a pass for N'Golo Kante on the edge of Newcastle's box before collecting the Frenchman's return ball and skipping past goalkeeper Martin Dubravka - only to be crowded out before he could direct a shot at goal.

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. So I think we did very well.

"We had five players out and thought if we were compact we could maybe frustrate them", Benitez said.

The visitors were handed a huge boost 14 minutes from time as referee Paul Tierney ruled Fabian Schar had fouled Marcos Alonso in the box, despite replays suggesting the Switzerland global had got his foot to the ball.

It was certainly a harsh call on a Newcastle defense who had been so tough to break down, but Alonso didn't think so. I want to enjoy, I want to have fun, press the ball.

Sportsmail revealed before Sunday's game that Lascelles had been dropped after questioning the manager's decision to play with three centre backs.

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Newcastle responded with a goal from Joselu in a rare attack and looked set to steal a point before Chelsea's last-gasp victor made it three successive victories for the Blues. Yedlin puts through his own net from Alonso's low drive after Giroud had headed Willian's free kick back across goal.

Jorginho has made Chelsea history after completing 158 passes in his third Premier League game for the club.

"The penalty was soft".

However, Yedlin then gave away the free-kick which led to Chelsea's victor. We needed to move the ball very fast and be patient.

'If players have different opinions then we have to speak about it, that's it, and then we stick to the plan'.

Asked if experienced players find his approach to defending scary, Sarri replied: "For two or three months".

"We are all happy with Ancelotti, as in a few short weeks he showed us that he is a wonderful, open person", Hamsik added.

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