"I am not able to play with five defenders, because we are trying to defend by looking only at the ball", he said.
Blues boss Maurizio Sarri has handed Eden Hazard his first start of the new season as the Belgian worldwide replaces Willian in attack with Pedro keeping his place having scored in his last two games.
"I like to play with five strikers if I can".
It was an unpretty but mostly effective decision, with the visitors taking 76 minutes to make the breakthrough with a dubious penalty and winning it with a Yedlin own goal.
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Another controversial goal followed as Olivier Giroud appeared to be elbowed in the face ahead of Joselu's equaliser, however, a late own goal from DeAndre Yedlin wrapped up the three points for Chelsea. "Now I am here and so happy". I will not complain too much about that. "Everyone knows that. If players have different opinions, then we have to speak about it".
However, he says that a team taking time to adapt is nothing new in his experience, and he is sure his players will come round to it sooner rather than later. "Jamaal hopefully will be fine for the next game". "We are only three games in". "It's not easy, but I have to try", Sarri told reporters.
And the 59-year-old Italian knows this kind of concern always plagues him during his arrival at a new club, citing that his specific defensive instruction to "watch the ball" and "not the man" requires unlearning techniques previously ingrained in players. In Italy it was usual for me, of course not against Inter, Roma, Juventus, but the last ten in the league it was usual.
A minute later the action was at the other end when Pedro drove into the Newcastle box, but his 16-yard shot lacked direction and flew over the target. "Our character is strong".
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.