Chelsea crush Huddersfield to give Sarri flawless start

Heather Diaz
August 12, 2018

New Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri got off to a winning start.

The Belgian was given three weeks off after his exploits at the World Cup and was only named on the bench at the Kirklees Stadium, but he made a massive impact when he was finally brought on in the second half.

Before we get to the goal reactions, though, let's just pause for one Twitter user, who informed his users that Kante did not have this kind of thing in his locker.

A week after being swatted aside by Manchester City in the Community Shield, Chelsea beat Huddersfield 3-0 in Maurizio Sarri's first league match in charge.

N'Golo Kante opened the scoring after neat work from Pedro and the World Cup victor may score more goals this season as Jorginho's role gives him license to drive forward for the Blues.

You need to see it to believe it.

Sarri started Eden Hazard on the bench against the Terriers but the Belgian proved enormous after coming on late in the second half as he set Pedro up with the Blues' third goal. That is not a surprise, perhaps, but it doesn't bode well for his chances of much playing time with Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Cesc Fabregas and Mateo Kovacic to come in.

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And then the birdie, settling for par that, inside, had to have felt like bogey (or worse). More than anything, this is just a guy flailing when he knows he can do better.

Huddersfield had the better of play from that point and hit the inside of the post through a Steve Mounie header, but just before the break it was 2-0.

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. This would have been one for Huddersfield, but it is still early. Jorginho stepped up and cooly found the back of the net.

Kongolo initially joined the Terriers on loan for the second half of last season and performed well enough at the back for Huddersfield to make him their record signing this summer. You can't switch on against a top-quality team like Chelsea.

Unfortunately for Huddersfield and Kongolo, Chelsea managed to score twice before half-time which stretched the defence. But, the youngster is surprisingly, not even in the matchday squad.

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.

The good news is that Sarri is teaching well, says captain Cesar Azpilicueta.

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