Chelsea crush Huddersfield to give Sarri flawless start

Arnold Nichols
August 13, 2018

The Blues are under new management this season in the shape of former Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri, and Huddersfield will present his first Premier League opposition.

While Sarri left smiling, Huddersfield manager David Wagner felt his side had shown encouraging signs despite the scoreline.

A strike from World Cup victor N'Golo Kante, Jorginho's penalty on debut and a late goal for Pedro were enough to hand Maurizio Sarri a first win in the Premier League.

Even as Chelsea grew in the game and took the lead, Morata looked slightly lost in the attacking line as Willian and Pedro opted to cut in from their wide positions.

Chelsea fans will be greeted with a first glimpse of Kepa Arrizabalaga in goal, with Maurizio Sarri handing the most expensive goalkeeper in the world a start against Huddersfield.

Chelsea started the first-half with the same languid approach that had optimised their pre-season, lacking any pace and incisiveness on the turn, instead reverting to an impassive and disjointed accumulation of short five-yard balls and careless clearances. That is not a surprise, perhaps, but it doesn't bode well for his chances of much playing time with Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Cesc Fabregas and Mateo Kovacic to come in.


"We have to improve to defend in the other half, to press against three defenders".

Sarri signed Italy worldwide in a Jorginho £57 deal from Napoli to improve Chelsea FC's midfield ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.

"There has been a misunderstanding that he wanted to get a move for the wrong reasons, but he was pushing to go out of Chelsea because of his child", Henrotay told BBC 5 live Sportsweek programme. Jorginho will clearly be the key, the expert at quickly shifting the ball that Sarri knows well from Napoli.

"Jorginho is not a physical player, he is a technical player", Sarri added. France's World Cup victor scuffed a volley into the ground and it took a deflection, before looping into the corner.

"I have seen passion, desire, the spirit, which we usually have in our game". However, they will certainly need to be more clinical and penetrative if they are to build on last season's fine work.

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