Chelsea's Marcos Alonso claims victor and defends penalty decision

Chelsea's Marcos Alonso claims victor and defends penalty decision

Chelsea's Marcos Alonso claims victor and defends penalty decision

Chelsea defender David Luiz admits that he is only still at Stamford Bridge because Antonio Conte was sacked and replaced by Maurizio Sarri.

The Blues face Newcastle at St James' Park on Sunday where they haven't won in their previous five visits. Now, he's revealed his picks for this weekend's Premier League fixtures. They started their season with a defeat against Tottenham Hotspurs and followed by a frustrating draw against Cardiff City.

Chelsea players celebrate their team's first goal against Perth Glory during their friendly football match at Optus stadium in Perth on July 23, 2018.

Chelsea struggled in the Premier League last season, finishing fifth and outside of the Champions League spots, but Luiz says the winning attitude at the club has not decreased. Not just for us, but for many more Chelsea fans. Never. I am always thinking about my team and about the match, or the next match.

The Magpies thought they had banked a point when substitute Joselu headed home an 83rd-minute equaliser to cancel out Eden Hazard's penalty seven minutes earlier.


He can be satisfied, though, that with Hazard due to return to full fitness soon, his side's attacking strengths should provide the breathing space needed to adjust. Thus, Hazard is expected to start against Newcastle United.

Pedro skied wastefully over at the other end seconds later and then called upon Dubravka for the first time from Hazard's unselfish pull-back, and skipper Cesar Azpilicueta was denied on the stroke of half-time when his goal-bound shot was inadvertently blocked by team-mate Morata.

Newcastle United XI: Martin Dubravka (GK), De Andre Yedlin (RB), Jamaal Lascelles (CB), Ciaran Clark (CB), Matt Ritchie (RM), Jonjo Shelvey (CM), Mohamed Diame (CM), Yoshinori Muto (CF), Ayoze Perez (SS) and P.Dummett (LB).

Luiz has re-established himself in the heart of Chelsea's defence, with Sarri partnering him alongside Antonio Rudiger at the start of the season.

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