English Premier League Report, Newcastle United v Chelsea, 26 August 2018

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Maurizio Sarri has made a near perfect start to his Chelsea tenure

Newcastle United return to Premier League action on Sunday and are on the look out for their first three points of the 2018-19 season as Rafa Benitez's men host Chelsea at St James' Park.

The 27-year-old was vital in providing the threat against a brilliant defensive unit and Newcastle often resorted to bringing him down with heavy challenges.

Speaking after the game Hazard hailed his sides desire to take all three points, with the Belgium worldwide reckoning that most other sides would have been happy with a point after being pegged back late on.

He should still make the starting lineup being the undisputed number one. "It's not that I felt the contact and went down, he made me", Alonso said.

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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.

Hazard said he wasn't 100 per cent fit when asked ahead of kick off, but "200% fit".

Chelsea remain a top striker short of being genuine contenders to win the Premier League.

Hazard's dribbling was key to breaking down the rigid 5-4-1 formation.

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Kovacic will be hoping to establish himself as a regular fixture in the Chelsea FC team this season as Sarri gets used to being in charge of the west London side.

History also provided a pre-game insight for Benitez into just how unsafe Hazard could be, as he had scored six times in 10 games against Newcastle and scored his only Premier League hat-trick in their stadium.

With Hazard now reportedly back to full match fitness, the headache Sarri has is, who does he drop?

The 32-year-old, who now earns wages in the region of £85,000-a-week, was not even part of the 18-man squad for our opening two fixtures of the Premier League campaign.

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