Sarri, Hazard and Alonso react as Chelsea wil 2-1 against Newcastle and Blues respond to £2 billion claims
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has admitted he was surprised to see Rafa Benitez play five at the back for Newcastle as his Blues side picked up a 2-1 victory on Sunday afternoon.
After a drab opening 45 minutes, the contest sprung to life midway through the second half after Marcos Alonso won a controversial penalty after a challenge from Fabian Schar, which Eden Hazard converted to give the Blues the lead.
And after a controversial equaliser from Newcastle made it 1-1, an own goal from DeAndre Yedlin wrapped up the three points for Chelsea.
It maintains Sarri’s 100 per cent start to the season, but he admitted he was surprised at the tactics of Benitez, who played five at the back.
He was quoted: “I was surprised, I have never seen a Rafa Benitez side play with five defenders.
“I think it is very difficult to play here for every team – not only us.
“We were a bit unlucky when they scored to make it 1-1.”
Meanwhile Chelsea left back Marcos Alonso believes the controversial decision to hand the Blues a penalty against Newcastle was the right decision.
Fabian Schar was penalised for a lunge on Marcos Alonso midway through the second half after Newcastle had kept Maurizio Sarri’s men largely quiet throughout, and replays showed the Swiss centre-back got the ball but the referee’s mind was made up as he pointed to the spot.
Star man Eden Hazard then stepped up to finish and Alonso is convinced that it was the ‘right decision’.
He told Sky Sports: ‘I think I touch the ball and then I get in front of the player, in between the player and the ball and when I’m going to pass to [Olivier] Giroud, I just went down because he make me down.
‘I think right decision. Good win. Three points are massive for us.’
Hazard, who made his first start of the season, was obviously delighted with the goal as he looks to enjoy the season and finally put all the summer speculation behind him.
‘When they scored a goal I think everyone was thinking to draw,’ Hazard said.
‘But we are Chelsea, we never give up, we play 90/95 minutes and score a fantastic goal from Marcos Alonso.’
And finally Chelsea have denied claims that owner Roman Abramovic is trying to sell the club this summer for £2 billion, after reports emerged he no longer wants control at the club.
The Russian billionaire has been at the club for well over a decade now and has brought so much success to the club, but reports in the media have claimed Abramovic has been looking for a buyer over the last few months as he seeks a fresh challenge
Reports have gone on to even say Abramovich has hired US investment bank Raine Group to seek interest from investors in China, the US and Middle East.
But according to The Mirror, Chelsea are adamant that the club is not for sale and insist Abramovich is still committed despite not being able to visit Stamford Bridge.