Azpilicueta calls on Chelsea to be more creative

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A greater concern perhaps is that it is also quite possible that even if Champions League qualification were secured he might still refuse to sign and agitate for a move away.

"On Sunday he was fouled five time - more than twice as much as any other player on the pitch - and Newcastle constantly had four or five defenders around him in an attempt to nullify his threat".

Hazard added that he was only doing his job and should not be blamed for that. "As you can see, we do a lot of ball possession and try to press high", Rudiger said at St James' Park.

"Just to finish. Do you know what was the result? 3-0".

"Game-by-game I think it's getting better and that's our target".

Antonio Rudiger is fed up with comparisons between Maurizio Sarri's Chelsea and that of former manager Antonio Conte, with the Blues' class of 2018-19 now sat among the Premier League pacesetters.

But Hazard played down their early season form, describing it as the "beginning".

"After the global break we will be playing every three days".

"Its legacy endures and this season The Pink rides again", reads the front page of programme.

However, despite Barkley's promising performances in Chelsea's two previous wins, Sarri has been keen to give both Kovacic, and Eden Hazard, more minutes after building up their fitness.

The Belgium global helped the Red Devils to reach the World Cup semi-finals before a 2-0 win over England in the third-placed playoff.

"I can decide if I want to stay or go, but Chelsea will make the final decision - if they want me to go".

"After six wonderful years at Chelsea it might be time to discover something different", Hazard said.

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