Premier League talking points: can Rafael Benitez scupper Maurizio Sarri?
Guardian's Jacob Steinberg singles out the most exciting things to look forward this weekend.
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Benitez will be looking to frustrate Sarri
"Having seen how Chelsea were frustrated by Southampton's organisation in their previous league game, it is unlikely that Newcastle will be adventurous when they visit Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Rafael Benitez often uses a spoiling approach against the big sides and the Spaniard will surely tell his players to sit deep, absorb pressure and try to take advantage of Maurizio Sarri's issues in attack."
We lost the game but we won the performance. To be able to resist Spurs press and pass at pace and as calm as we did is great. We continued to play our way. The work continues for Sarri but he has to realise that Willian and Alonso will continue to set us back. #TOTCHE— Sarrismo™ (@Blue_Footy) January 8, 2019
"Chelsea drew another blank in their midweek defeat by Tottenham, despite dominating territory and possession, and it will not be in Newcastle's interests to play an open game. Another game of patience will test Sarriball's foundations."
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