The club also said goodbye to goalkeeper Hugo Lloris as he departed for Tottenham.
Elsewhere in France champions Montpellier won their first game of the season, 3-1 at Sochaux.
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Since Guus Hiddink arrived at the helm, Chelsea have improved considerably after a tricky start to the campaign.
Newcastle United are staring down the barrel of relegation to the Championship for the second time in the past eight years.