NEWCASTLE — Antonio Rudiger mentioned it is just a matter of time earlier than Chelsea produce the performances to match their outcomes after a hard-fought 2-1 win over Newcastle maintained their good begin to the season.
An 87th-minute personal objective from DeAndre Yedlin gave Chelsea victory after Joselu’s header had cancelled out a controversial Eden Hazard penalty, guaranteeing that new head coach Maurizio Sarri has taken most factors from his first three Premier League matches following wins over Huddersfield City and Arsenal.
Sarri predicted that Chelsea would encounter “issues” within the first half of the season, notably in defence, and Rudiger believes it’s a good signal the Blues have managed to keep away from dropping any factors within the early weeks of the marketing campaign regardless of being removed from flawless.
“On the finish of the day, the three factors are extra vital as a result of the performances will come undoubtedly,” Rudiger mentioned. “If I [look at] this sport and the sport towards Arsenal within the first half and the final 20 minutes, we’re bettering.
“Recreation-by-game I believe it is getting higher and that is our goal. Earlier than the internationals, we’ll attempt to win all of our video games after which come again after and go on.”
Regardless of having fun with round 80 p.c possession for many of the sport, Chelsea have been pressured to attend till the 76th minute to interrupt via Newcastle’s massed and effectively organised five-man defence, with Hazard changing from the penalty spot after Yedlin was dominated to have introduced down Marcos Alonso.
Joselu appeared to have snatched some extent for Newcastle when he glanced in Yedlin’s cross within the 83rd minute, however 4 minutes later the American diverted Alonso’s shot into his personal internet at hand Sarri’s males the win.
“That is a very good signal,” Rudiger mentioned of Chelsea’s late winner. “It meant we’re prepared — it was a tough sport however ultimately, confidently, we totally deserved this win. However when you noticed the entire sport, I would not say that it is luck.”
Chelsea’s change of strategy underneath Sarri has been instantly evident, with summer season signing Jorginho averaging 112.7 passes per sport from the bottom of midfield to set the tone for an expansive, possession-focused type of play in a fluid and dynamic 4-3-Three system.
Requested what’s completely different to enjoying underneath Antonio Conte, Rudiger replied: “Cease evaluating. I do not wish to converse concerning the previous. As you possibly can see, we do a whole lot of ball possession and attempt to press excessive.
“For [the attacking players], it is good as a result of we principally have the ball. It is good for these gamers. To make these gamers defend just isn’t their power, particularly Eden. However gamers like N’Golo [Kante] and Mateo [Kovacic] are a very good combine. These two gamers can assault and in addition defend as effectively.”