Hazard, Kovacic start for Chelsea at Newcastle

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Yedlin deflected Marcos Alonso's shot into his own net in the 87th minute to settle a match that had threatened to end in frustration for Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri.

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Chelsea have now won their first three games this season in the Premier League under new manager Maurizio Sarri, and the Blues are now second on the Premier League standings with 9 points.

Sarri's side finally took the lead through Eden Hazard's penalty.

With Jorginho afforded time and space to prompt from central midfield and Hazard and Mateo Kovacic buzzing around ahead of him, the visitors were dominating in terms of both possession and territory but without creating meaningful openings.

"All my life I like to talk with players", said the coach, who was also without his injured playmaker Jonjo Shelvey. It was not the only occasion his vision stretched Newcastle's stubborn defence.

While the referee's decision to grant the penalty for Chelsea may have come under scrutiny, it is sure that Alonso did not make any attempts to earn a penalty at the crucial moment of the game.

"I think he played very well", Sarri said of Hazard.

"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. For Hazard, a player at his best when unburdened by defensive responsibility, the attacking emphasis is good news.

'I think if I was a player now in that team I would rather have been beaten 3-0 having a go than losing like that'.

He certainly seems to be enjoying himself.

- Newcastle might be the worst passing team in the Premier League as the Magpies only completed a mere 200 passes against Chelsea.

"To draw with five minutes to the end for us it would have been more hard".

Should we let Cahill leave, Chelsea would only have Andreas Christensen, David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger as centre-backs with first-team experience.

After four wins and a draw in the last five of these fixtures, it looked as though we were heading for another point when Joselu equalised with only seven minutes left on the clock.