Chelsea defender Rudiger hails calm Kepa after opening win

Arnold Nichols
August 13, 2018

Pedro sealed a comfortable win with a cool, chipped finish for Chelsea's third after being played in by substitute Eden Hazard.

Sarri insisted in the build-up to the game that Chelsea face a difficult opening period of the season, and again after today's game he reiterated that he has found it hard with many of his players only recently returning to Stamford Bridge after their involvement at the World Cup in Russian Federation.

Maurizio Sarri began his Chelsea tenure with a 2-0 win (no, the Charity Shield doesn't count) against Huddersfield on Saturday, but the Blues weren't entirely convincing, particularly in a first half when the Terriers pegged them back for long stretches. I think the best of the game was the capacity was to suffer for 15 minutes. "I think he's one of the best midfielders in the world", Morata told Chelsea's official website.

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

"When we arrived in Madrid to make the signing, I had his parents, his brother, his sister, his child, the mother of the child, everyone is there and I said to him that I am delighted to make a great deal for him in going to Real Madrid but also it's a family coming together".

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. If you look at the result, you can think about an easy game.

Chelsea brought in Athletic Bilbao's Kepa Arrizabalaga, making him the world's most expensive player in his position in the process, but The Times suggests that the Spaniard was not the West London outfit's first choice.

Christopher Schindler's sliding challenge on Marcos Alonso was deemed illegal by Kavanagh and Jorginho craftily waited for Hamer to commit before clipping his spot kick into the opposite corner.

Nevertheless, the Sunday Express continue to link Hazard, who was tipped to join Real Madrid this summer, with a move to the Spanish club.

"We had a very good first half, but we know that Chelsea, when you face a team like this, they are very clinical", Mounie said. We made too many mistakes and missed our chances.

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