Willian: I want to stay... this is where I belong
but then fell asleep to allow Ciaran Clark to nod Newcastle level.
The lack of a goalscorer was glaring and Willian added: “We started the game well and then the team goes down – and that was the problem.
“We have to solve that. If you are a team that wants to win something, then you have to play for all the 90 minutes with concentration and focus.”
David Luiz’s superb long ball was fastened onto by Pedro, who chipped Martin Dubravka.
But Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez then both missed good chances for the Toon before Clark, guilty of losing Pedro for the opener, redeemed himself by heading in Matt Ritchie’s corner.
With Jorginho having a poor game, Chelsea laboured. But after a half-time rocket from Sarri his team improved and Dubrovka pulled off a fine save from Pedro.
Then Eden Hazard laid the ball off to Willian, who curled a lovely shot into the far corner. In the week Cesc Fabregas left for Monaco, Sarri admitted that his talisman Jorginho – booed at one stage by home fans – would have been hooked if the Spaniard had stayed.
“He (Jorginho) lost a lot of balls,” said the Blues boss. “He was in trouble. If Fabregas was on the bench, he would have been on the pitch instead.”