Sarri learns lessons from Chelsea's opening win at Huddersfield

Heather Diaz
August 12, 2018

Eden Hazard's introduction took Chelsea to another level and the Belgian teed up Pedro for a third in the closing stages.

Italian manager Sarri has faced a testing first four weeks since taking charge at Stamford Bridge.

Steve Mounie was unlucky not to score in said period when he got his head to a ball in the box to direct it towards the post and there were a few more opportunities in the match.

The Terriers, meanwhile, were probably buoyed by the fact that their survival last season was helped by the point they gained against the Blues in their penultimate game of the campaign.

A strike from World Cup victor N'Golo Kante, Jorginho's penalty on debut and a late goal for Pedro were enough to hand Maurizio Sarri a first win in the Premier League. If you look at the result, you can think about an easy game, but in the first half we were in trouble for 15 minutes against a very physical team.

But despite the margin of victory Sarri concedes the Chelsea players are still not playing at the level he wants them to be.

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"This is understandable after this good first half and you sit at half-time and you are 2-0 down".

FW Willian, 8 - Willian has also come in for unnecessary criticism from sections of Chelsea's support in recent weeks but, like Alonso, his contribution was pivotal when he assisted Kante's goal following a clever run. Under Sarri, they could be maximised. "I hope in this month to improve the team". We did it better in the second, but in the second, there was more space and time. On Saturday, for Huddersfield, it was a little of both. In the first line, we defended not like we wanted to defend. They were not dominant, but kept their theoretically superior opponents from making too many threatening attacks, happy for Chelsea to pass the ball around in deep positions.

Last season Huddersfield survived with just 28 goals.

This game was against a side who will be challenging for a Champions League place - at least - so is not the most representative test of Huddersfield's aims.

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