Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has played down his side’s title chances following the 2-1 win at Newcastle on Sunday. The Magpies frustrated the Blues for 76 minutes before Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has played down his side’s title chances following the 2-1 win at Newcastle on Sunday. The Magpies frustrated the Blues for 76 minutes before Marcos Alonso went to ground under Fabian Schar’s challenge and Eden Hazard converted the resulting penalty. went to ground under Fabian Schar’s challenge and Eden Hazard converted the resulting penalty.
Rafa Benitez’s men were back in it within seven minutes when DeAndre Yedlin, who appeared to catch Olivier Giroud with an elbow as he challenged for the ball, crossed for substitute Joselu to head home the equaliser.
However, Chelsea snatched the win with three minutes remaining when Yedlin deflected Alonso’s shot into his own net.
Speaking after the match Sarri was delighted with the application of his players as they recorded a third successive win, but was refusing to get carried away by the Blues’ perfect start.
Asked what he thought about seeing his side joint-top of the table, he said: “Nothing, I think, because the honour is after 38 matches. It’s important to start very well, as well as possible, but now the table is not important, I think.
“We knew that it would be a difficult game for us, especially for us, but for every team. Last season, Chelsea lost here, [Manchester] United lost here, Arsenal lost here, so it’s not so easy to play here against this opponent.
“The match was maybe more difficult because in Italy, I never saw Rafa play with five defenders, so low, so compact. It was really very difficult. This team from the character point of view is a very strong team.”
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