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

Chelsea, Tottenham dispel doubts with winning starts in English Premier League


The Croat will compete for playing time with N'Golo Kante, Jorginho, Cesc Fabregas, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Danny Drinkwater, and Ross Barkley.

But the game turned decisively towards the visitors when Chelsea doubled their advantage just before the interval as Marcos Alonso burst into the area and went down under challenge from Christopher Schindler.

Things are looking good for Chelsea if he can maintain this sort of form.

The World Cup victor started his first game under the tutelage of Maurizio Sarri against Huddersfield and proved to be the most unlikely goalscorer when he found the net 34 minutes into the trip to the John Smith Stadium with a bouncing side-foot volley with his weaker left peg.

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Chelsea's Premier League era under Maurizio Sarri is off to a superb start.

FW Pedro, 8 - Linked up well with Azpilicueta in forward passages of play and was the main beneficiary when Hazard came on as he latched onto a pass from the Belgian worldwide to smartly score the final goal.

When asked how long it could take for his players to be at their best, Sarri surprised many with his response.

FW Alvaro Morata, 7 - Led the line enthusiastically, held up the ball well when in possession and looked confident enough to suggest the goals that have been missing from his game will come soon enough if Sarri persists with him. Jorginho coolly converted the penalty.

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For the opening 30 minutes of the match, Chelsea barely troubled the Huddersfield defence and that was largely down to the impressive performance of Terence Kongolo.

Roared on by the loud home support that had helped them to survival at the end of last season, Huddersfield had plenty of early pressure. He had a couple of routine saves to make, gathering a dipping long-range shot from Alex Pritchard in the first half, and falling on a tame header from substitute Laurent Depoitre in the second.

Callum Hudson-Odoi was tipped to start after a bright preseason.

There was also no place in the squad for Ethan Ampadu, another young player to have impressed in pre-season, and Tammy Abraham who Sarri looks to have chosen as their third-choice striker ahead of Batshuayi.

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The Italian's footballing philosophy was widely praised during his time in charge of Napoli, with the so-called "Sarri-ball" system helping the club to push Juventus all the way in the Serie A title race last season.

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