"We knew that here is a hard game for us, because only in the last season Chelsea lost here, Manchester United lost here, Arsenal lost here", Sarri said. Elsewhere, the defensive unit remains unchanged, with Jorginho and N'Golo Kante starting in midfield. You can watch the match stream of Newcastle Vs Chelsea via beIN SPORTS CONNECT. In all, the Spaniard has made six changes to his side, with last week's flop, Chelsea loanee Kenedy dropping out due to the terms of his loan deal.
Newcastle did not seem lost or unorganized in yesterday's match, but they did not play with the level of urgency that is needed against a top side.
Given how well Newcastle had defended up until that point, a draw seemed certain, only for Chelsea to snatch a victor, Yedlin slicing an attempted clearance of Alonso's weak shot into his own net.
There were five goals in the first half, two of them by Fulham's powerful Serbian forward Aleksandar Mitrovic, who then hit a post before Andre Schurrle netted the rebound for his side's late fourth.
"This is Chelsea - we can't think in a different way - but we also have to have humility to understand we're at the beginning of a new philosophy, so we start day-by-day every single week".
As it turned out, Hazard played the full 90 minutes against Newcastle and was like a magnet for the ball - and for tough tackles by Newcastle players.
A 2-1 victory at St James' Park did, however, see Chelsea struggle to break down Newcastle, with Gullit suggesting that a greater cutting edge is required to compete with the very best. "But at the end, we won the game".
"But for all that time on the ball, Chelsea did not do very much".
Eden Hazard, making his first start for Chelsea since helping Belgium to the semi-finals of the World Cup, dispatched a confident penalty, although Martin Dubravka got a fingertip to the ball.
As always, there were a number of talking points in the game, so here's four things we learnt from the encounter.
And in response to the pundits who criticised his tactics, Benitez said: "I haven't lost any game before the game and anyone can be right after the game".
Scoring his first goal of the new season in Chelsea's 3-2 win over Arsenal, Alvaro Morata must have hoped this was the start of a new chapter to his tenure at Stamford Bridge.
"There is a rick in both of them individually at the moment that we have to be careful about. But now the table is not important".