Sarri's Chelsea too good for Huddersfield

Aubrey Yates
August 12, 2018

And in the first game of the season it brought some reward with the French World Cup victor scoring the opener against Huddersfield.

After an opening half hour in which Chelsea had more of the ball but were kept at arm's length by a smartly-drilled Huddersfield side, the visitors took the lead with a whiff of fortune.

Eden Hazard's introduction took Chelsea to another level and the Belgian teed up Pedro for a third in the closing stages.

But they were linked with one - a very good one at that. Jorginho stepped up and cooly found the back of the net.

"We conceded the first goal out of nothing, a deflection goal and then we were unlucky when Steve Mounie only hit the inside of the post". He took responsibility for the penalty won by Alonso and the cool, clinical manner in which he scored suggests he may get further opportunities even when regular taker Hazard is on the pitch. You can see his first Chelsea goal by clicking here.

Jorginho converted the penalty, a skip on his run-up leaving Hamer on his backside.

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But while he said he was very happy to take three points, Sarri said that he hopes to get his players more in tune with his ideas before worldwide commitments and the Europa League begin to disrupt Chelsea's schedule. The Belgian worldwide broke down the middle and patiently waited for the right opportunity to pass before playing in Pedro, who dinked a nice finish.

"From the physical point of view, it's different", the Chelsea boss said, comparing the Premier League to Serie A.

Last season's Europa League winners are now expected to reward Oblak with a new contract which would see his buyout clause raised to an eye-watering €250m.

"I don't know, he has always kicked the penalty like this", Sarri shrugged.

A corollary of the Italian international's arrival will be Kante playing a slightly more attacking role, his perpetual motion propelling himself forward a little more. We have to improve in this month, then it might be hard with the national teams. We did it better in the second, but in the second, there was more space and time. In the first half we didn't.

There were questions over whether Huddersfield could keep things rolling after their achievement last season and they really didn't play badly, especially in the first half.

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