Published: Sun, August 12, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Chelsea crush Huddersfield to give Sarri ideal start

Chelsea crush Huddersfield to give Sarri ideal start

"We will prepare for our matches and fight with him on our side".

Part of that was down to the quality of Huddersfield's press, a positive sign for David Wagner's side after the more passive approach of last season, but Sarri's side didn't take care of the ball as well as their manager would've liked. "In his work he's very confident".

"I wish him good luck at Real Madrid, but now we have to concentrate on Kepa because he's our goalkeeper".

If Sarri wants to make changes during the course of the game then he can look to his bench, where options available include Eden Hazard and Olivier Giroud.

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"Then in the best period which we had in the second half after 20-25 minutes where we hit the bar again, where we were unlucky, we conceded the third one and then at the end it was a deserved win for Chelsea". Three goals and a clean sheet. I saw our spirit, togetherness and good attitude today, which is what we will need to be competitive this season. "I have to respect the characteristics of the players, I have to adapt myself to the characteristics of the championship and of the players, so now I am studying my players".

In a tense first half, Chelsea took the lead through N'Golo Kante after a quick counter-attack and Jorginho doubled their advantage just before half-time from the penalty spot.

For the third goal, Hazard sliced through Huddersfield's defence down the middle before setting up Pedro, who drove home a low angled shot into the bottom corner.

Jorginho added a second from the penalty spot, seemingly taking over the duties from the misfiring Alvaro Morata, and he took his spot-kick with the confidence of a big-money signing.

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More flashes of what Chelsea fans can expect from "Sarri-ball" would have been anticipated and they received a brilliant example when Ross Barkley flicked Jorginho's pass into the run of Alonso, who won the penalty from Schindler.

The Blues' new star in the midfield is Jorginho, who came over to Chelsea with Sarri from Napoli.

"It was a little bit weird".

"This was a goal that was easily avoidable because we have spoken about this situation the whole week, how we like to defend, and we have seen we have to be switched on".

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