Sarri's Chelsea too good for Huddersfield


Sarri's Chelsea too good for Huddersfield

World Cup victor Kante's untidy 34th-minute volley and Jorginho's audacious penalty on the stroke of halftime put Chelsea in control before Pedro wrapped up the points in the closing stages.

Here are the winners and losers from the match.

Chelsea FC appointed Maurizio Sarri as Conte's successor in July after the Italian coach led Napoli to runners up spot last season.

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

"When you haven't got that expectation on you I think it's good".

Huddersfield enjoyed more possession towards the half-hour mark as Steve Mounie's rising effort cleared the crossbar and a series of crosses from Town left-back Chris Lowe tested Chelsea's defence. Apparently limitless reserves of energy meant the France worldwide was able to maintain the high-tempo press from midfield throughout the game.

Chelsea need time to reach boiling point under Sarri, who may need goals from all around his team with Morata looking unlikely to be prolific again this season. "The ref needs to explain that to us because I don't understand why (it was not retaken)".

It was one of the first pieces of subconscious and fluid play from Chelsea, and it immediately reaped rewards as it killed off Huddersfield just before half-time.

It appears this season that Jorginho could be one of Chelsea's most important players alongside the likes of Kante and Eden Hazard.

The first goal of the Sarri era came after 33 minutes from the unexpected source of Kante, who scored for the first time in 11 months with his third league goal for the club.

As Jorginho approaches the ball, he skips just before the taking his shot. He also recorded the highest pass completion rate at 93.9% and the most clearances with five.

Kepa had little to do for the opening 20 minutes as Chelsea hogged the ball, but made a hash of an early touch when he passed straight to Huddersfield midfielder Aaron Mooy. Sarri has a hybrid engine in his midfield, with Kante providing the energy and Jorginho combining technique with tactical intelligence.

"A disappointing result, not a disappointing performance, especially the first half", the Terriers boss said.

And even when the Blues' attacks worked their way through, Kongolo was there to provide some brilliant last-ditch tackles to keep the pressure off Ben Hamer in the Huddersfield goal. While he didn't score, the Spaniard's hold-up play was impressive.