David Luiz exclusive: hard times at Chelsea taught me a lot

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"I think we are in the beginning".

Sarri warned that he generally experiences defensive difficulties when he first arrives at a new club, but is adamant that Chelsea's players are perfectly capable of putting his ideas into action with time.

Loftus-Cheek was dropped from Chelsea's matchday squad to make room for loan signing Mateo Kovacic against Arsenal last week, while Abraham has not made the substitutes' bench in either of the Blues' opening two Premier League games.

"The most important thing is the way we play now".

"If I arrived after another coach it may have been more hard for me. In the other way, you defend on the movements of the opponent". "But I think, in this case, with this team, there are very intelligent players".

The Brazil global defender was a key figure in the Blues' 2016-17 Premier League title triumph but found himself out in the cold last season as injuries struck and his relationship with Conte soured. It is wonderful to play football, of course last season was not the best for me inside the pitch, but also I learned a lot outside the pitch as a person, as a man. It's great to understand football - it never stops - since I started playing football I always learn from every coach, it's great.

"I can't say why it did not go through and not because I don't want to, but because I don't know". It's up to him [whether or not he is happy to stay], I think. "It's not easy, but I have to try".

Despite being a key component of Antonio Conte's Premier League title winning side in their 2016/2017 campaign, he fell out of favour with the Italian manager at the start of the last season.

"I want to enjoy, I want to have fun, press the ball", he said. It will probably be a tight game but I'm backing Chelsea to edge it.

Newcastle will know that they have to be at their best as Chelsea travel to Tyneside, with the visitors winning both of their Premier League games so far.

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