Sunday, 21 October, 2018

From Kante to the kids, winners and losers as Chelsea beat Huddersfield

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Cary Erickson | 12 August, 2018, 05:26

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri was delighted to start Premier League life with a comprehensive victory at Huddersfield, although the difference in physicality and refereeing is going to take some getting used to. We made a mistake in our frontline that led to the second goal which can not happen.

He created Chelsea's third goal for Pedro just minutes after coming on and whilst Huddersfield were already a beaten side by that point, he ran riot and was at his sizzling best gliding past players.

An away win, featuring three goals and a clean sheet, are reasons to be cheerful, but add to that an all-round team performance from a group who have rediscovered the joy of being able to play an enterprising brand of football.

The 26-year-old was one of the best players at the World Cup in Russian Federation but he did not return for training at Chelsea according to the Metro. This would have been one for Huddersfield, but it is still early.

"I think that Eden in this moment can not play for 90 minutes, he needs to have training", Sarri said of the Belgium star.

"I hope we will win many titles and I hope in seven years when I look back I will be very proud of what I have achieved".

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DF David Luiz, 8 - Revitalised under Sarri, Luiz rolled back the years with a competent and - more importantly - focused display of controlled, ball-playing defending.

However, once Jorginho had doubled Chelsea's advantage from the spot shortly before the interval, Town lost their way and could have few complaints at the score come the final whistle.

Speaking after the game, the Italian was pleased with how his side got the job done against a "physical" Huddersfield line-up.

Not content with covering 75 per cent of earth and controlling the midfield, N'Golo Kante is now scoring goals! Apparently limitless reserves of energy meant the France worldwide was able to maintain the high-tempo press from midfield throughout the game.

Of the three in midfield, Ross Barkley on the left looked the least effective. The Belgian worldwide broke down the middle and patiently waited for the right opportunity to pass before playing in Pedro, who dinked a nice finish.