Hazard ‘ready for 50 or 60 minutes’ - Sarri

"Maybe at the moment, there are three teams that you could say that they are a little bit ahead of the others, for me - Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City - because of the level, the performances previous year and the money they spent".

Primarily, though, Sarri seems to be in tune with Abramovich's long-stated desire for entertaining, attacking football, which is how he made his name in Italy. "But I think he knows it", Sarri said.

"I want to enjoy, I want to have fun, press the ball", he said. This is the sixth successive top-flight campaign they've failed to win either of their opening two league games. "So I think it's normal for me. Why?"

"I think Naples and Napoli must be proud of these results". If they called on me 40 days ago, it's because they [the club] wanted to see my football here. "It's not easy, but I have to try".

Maurizio Sarri admits he owes Rafael Benitez a debt of gratitude for his success at Napoli. He needs more defensive training with us.

"I am thinking always about my team and about the match, or the next match".

"You have to think you have another chance".

"Doing things this way depends only on you". You are not depending on the opponent.

Asked if experienced players find his approach to defending scary, Sarri replied: "For two or three months".

The two sides meet at the end of the weekend, with the Magpies searching for their first win of the season.

"I am not able to play with five defenders".

Kenedy, who missed a penalty in that match, will also be absent as the 22-year-old Brazilian loan signing from Chelsea is ineligible to play against his parent club. So you have to change completely the mind.

Indeed, the Blues have struggled on Tyneside, winning only one of their last seven away matches there while losing four and drawing the other two.

"My feeling is that, in this team, I have very intelligent players", he said.

But Sarri insists he will not be sold as he can not bring in a replacement, and the Italian is ready to pitch him in from the start at Newcastle following two substitute appearances so far this month.

"If I arrived after another coach it may have been more hard for me". The Spanish forward criticised the team's style of play last season.

'So I think we did very well.

  • Stacy Allen