Thursday, 16 August, 2018

Maurizio Sarri already has some 'regrets' over Chelsea's transfer window

Club-record signing Terence Kongolo was one of nine additions in this window for Huddersfield Club-record signing Terence Kongolo was one of nine additions in this window for Huddersfield
Cary Erickson | 12 August, 2018, 10:15

Chelsea's Premier League era under Maurizio Sarri is off to a superb start.

New Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri got off to a winning start. I don't know exactly what Sarri-ball is.

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.

Huddersfield have spent about £40m on players this summer - breaking their transfer record by paying £16m to make defender Terence Kongolo's loan move from Monaco permanent - and received another boost yesterday as centre-back Christopher Schindler signed a new contract through until 2021. That was the biggest threat to Chelsea's goal, with the Spain worldwide comfortably dealing with headers from Philip Billing and Laurent Depoitre.

Further, talking about his future now that former boss Conte has left the club, the Brazilian worldwide added, "I have my head here and I intend to continue in the club unless the club wants to sell me".

After spending more than $380 million on new players since gaining promotion, the newcomers only collected one point between them.

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Also, Jorginho only misplaced four of his 66 attempted passes, recording an accuracy of 93.9% - the best of any player to start the match.

"The first half was hard".

9 - With the exception of handing Kepa Arrizabalaga a debut in goal, Sarri played it safe with his first league line-up by opting for experienced heads to do his high-press bidding. "In Naples we played at great speed: ball forward, ball back, with continuity, with great speed with the strikers. The best capacity was to suffer, but then I think the second half maybe they were exhausted". "That is something I used to play at my old club, Caen", Kante said this week. So it was fun for the supporters.

"I have seen passion, desire, the spirit, which we usually have in our game". The only pressure that I feel is my pressure, is inside, more than outside. "But I have to adapt myself on the characteristics of the players, and not vice versa".

The FA Cup winners and last season's defending champions headed into their first game of the season with some uncertainty given the changes which took place in the summer.

Scoring goals was a problem for Conte's team past year - they scored only 62, the fewest in the top six - and Chelsea netted only three in five warm-up games this summer. He will now play a key role in the west London outfit's season and can hopefully win more titles with them.