David Luiz exclusive: hard times at Chelsea taught me a lot

David Luiz exclusive: hard times at Chelsea taught me a lot

The Chelsea star has, of course, been hotly linked with a blockbuster move to Spanish giants Real Madrid, yet for the time being at least he remains at Stamford Bridge, and his new boss Maurizio Sarri has given supporters a dose of positive news on the club's pulsating playmaker.

Last 5 meetings between Chelsea and Newcastle in the premier league have ended with Chelsea winning on 3 occasions and Newcastle just winning at one and 1 game resulted in a draw. It depends only on you. My feeling is that, in this team, I have very intelligent players.

Sarri also revealed that he thinks of Pep Guardiola very highly, while lavishing praise on the Catalan coach. "For two or three months", answered Sarri when asked whether how much time experienced players will need to shift their mindsets, before adding the Blues squad is perfectly capable to adopt this particular style of defending due to their footballing IQ.

"But I think the owner knows it". In the other way you depend on the movements of the opponent.

It remains to be seen if Sarri's tactical switch will help propel Chelsea into a genuine title contender again.

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Sarri is unconvinced that he could ever resort to such a radical Plan B.

Backing Alvaro Morata as his main man since their pre-season tour of Australia, the Spaniard also found the net last week and put in arguably his best performance in a Chelsea shirt over the past 12 months. He added,"I respect Guardiola as a man and a coach, for me, he is the best in the world now".

Chelsea are looking to make it three Premier League wins in-a-row as they hit the road and head north to Newcastle United - which hasn't proved a happy hunting ground in the last two fixtures, especially after last season's final 3-0 defeat to Rafa Benitez's side. "But I have to think for everybody". It's not easy, but I have to try. I want to enjoy, I want to have fun, press the ball.

It was a satisfying half for Benitez, who saw his side create two opportunities on the break when Kepa Arrizabalaga had to save from Jacob Murphy and Salomon Rondon wasted an excellent chance by heading wide.

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