Chelsea needed an 87th-minute victor courtesy of a DeAndre Yedlin own goal, but Benitez was heavily criticised by the Super Sunday panel after his side recorded just 19 per cent possession, with Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp calling the tactics "embarrassing".
"I feel very exhausted", Hazard said, with a wry smile, after being asked about his treatment by Newcastle's players. We know the league is not finished, it's just the beginning, but confidence is coming, goals are coming, so we just look forward to the next game'.
Hazard's goal highlighted an impressive performance on his first start since returning from the World Cup, but Sarri did not intend to have him play the full game.
Chelsea enjoyed 79 percent possession in the first half.
Sarri said he was stunned by the Benitez's defensive approach as Newcastle put nine men behind the ball and played with one striker, despite being the home side.
"And this match has been more hard because in Italy I have never seen Rafa play with five defenders".
"We are trying to get points at the beginning because as everybody knows it's a new system and a new philosophy so we are trying to do our best". The win will be a huge boost to Chelsea's confidence and they have lifted a bit of a curse at this venue with the encouraging result.
Benitez nearly had the last laugh because Newcastle were on the verge of taking a point from the game. Thus far this season, Newcastle have only completed 892 passes and they need to bump that number up immediately. "I think that this team from a character point of view is a strong team". Jean Michael Seri also scored for Fulham, with a rasping effort from outside the area.
Chelsea are second on goal difference behind Liverpool after winning 2-1 away to Newcastle United on Sunday. Few would have thought Watford would be there alongside them.
Chelsea have won their first three Premier League games and Sarri will be hoping to continue in this vein of form, with a title charge not out of the question.