Published: Sun, August 12, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Sarri's Chelsea too good for Huddersfield

Sarri's Chelsea too good for Huddersfield

But with a good start to the season so vital for Sarri at his new club, it is understandable why he wanted to rely on more senior players as David Luiz also started over Andreas Christensen in central defence.

'Maybe for Napoli in the a year ago it wouldn't have been a problem but for Chelsea, with some of the players only having had three days of training, it was a problem'.

Despite dominating possession, Sarri's side looked uneasy early on and managed only two shots in the whole of the first half.

'We were in trouble for 15 minutes against a physical team, we are not a physical team.

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri gave a debut to the world's most expensive goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga, while another summer signing, Jorginho, scored a penalty in the 3-0 away win, with Pedro and N'Golo Kante also on target.

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Maurizio Sarri has claimed that Thibaut Courtois' move to Real Madrid on the last day of the transfer window was motivated by personal reasons. We did it better in the second, there was more space and time. I have to adapt myself to the characteristics of this championship and of (my) players. "That's enough for me to be confident for this Premier League season, if we keep it up". We have to move the ball faster. We made a mistake in our frontline that led to the second goal which can not happen.

'We are lucky now as for four weeks we have only have a match a week. We made the [points] record of the club in the first, in the second, in the third year.

WORST PLAYER - Overall, Chelsea played a good game and no one was exactly disgusting, but Alvaro Morata did little to improve his prospects.

Chelsea were tested by Huddersfield's height and physicality in a scrappy first half that saw striker Steve Mounie crash a header off the post with the score 1-0, and Sarri said Premier League refereeing will be another element of his adjustment to English football.

Pereyra, who scored five goals in 18 league appearances for Watford last season, volleyed home from a corner by Jose Holebas in the 35th minute before doubling the lead with an unmarked finish in the 54th. Depoitre heads straight at Kepa, the Chelsea goalkeeper throws the ball back into play.

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