Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has hailed his side after seeing them grind out a 2:1 win at bogey ground St James’ Park and make it 3 wins from 3 games in the Premier League this season.
Chelsea found a way to break through and garner all 3 points on the day after an own goal from DeAndre Yedin restored their one-goal cushion in the dying minutes of the game.
Newcastle substitute Joselu had previously drawn the Magpies level after an Eden Hazard penalty
Chelsea lost 3 nil at St James’ Park in the Premier League under Conte last season and Sarri was thrilled with the persistence they put up in the game.
When he was asked if his side had passed the test of character, he replied:
‘I think so. To win here is difficult for Chelsea — it’s difficult for every team here.
‘To be drawing five minutes from the end, for us it was more difficult. I think this team, from the character point of view, is a strong team.’
Chelsea maintained their perfect start under Sarri but the Italian is not getting carried away by seeing them joint top after three games. He said:
‘Nothing, I think, because the honour is after 38 matches, so after three… it’s important to start very well, as well as possible, but now the table is not important, I think.’
Meanwhile, Newcastle boss Benitez who was unhappy with the penalty decision and the free-kick which resulted in Chelsea’s winner defended his tactics in the game.
He said: ‘When I was at Liverpool, we beat Real Madrid 4-0 at home; we were very offensive. When I was at Napoli, we were attacking all the time; we were offensive.
‘When you are at Newcastle United, you have to manage because you are in the Premier League and you have what you have.’