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Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has warned Chelsea’s rivals that the Blues will keep improving under new manager Maurizio Sarri.

Chelsea have won their opening three Premier League games under Maurizio Sarri, breaking the St James’ Park jinx in the process with a 2:1 win.

Rudiger spoke after the win at Tyneside: ‘At the end of the day, the three points are more important because the performances will come definitely.

‘If I [look at] this game and the game against Arsenal in the first half and the last 20 minutes, we’re improving. Game by game I think it’s getting better and that’s our target.

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‘Before the internationals, we’ll try to win all of our games and then come back after and go on.’

Chelsea welcome Bournemouth to Stamford Bridge before playing Cardiff 14 days later after the international break.

The Blues dominated the game away to Newcastle but looked nailed on to drop points after Joselu headed in the equalizer for the Magpies in the 83rd minute.

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However, Marcos Alonso set up a late Andre Yedlin own goal to win it for Chelsea and Rudiger admitted that it was a good sign.

‘It meant we are ready — it was a difficult game but in the end, with a bit of luck, we fully deserved this win. But if you saw the whole game, I wouldn’t say that it’s luck.’

Whilst speaking, he frowned on the comparisons being made to the play under former manager Antonio Conte.

‘Stop comparing,’ Rudiger demanded. ‘I don’t want to speak about the past. As you can see, we do a lot of ball possession and try to press high.

‘For [the attacking players], it’s good because we mostly have the ball. It’s good for those players.

‘To make those players defend is not their strength, especially Eden. But players like N’Golo [Kante] and Mateo [Kovacic] are a good mix. Those two players can attack and also defend as well.’

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