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David Wagner: Huddersfield 'tried everything' against Chelsea

12 August, 2018, 06:25 | Author: Tommie Newton
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Maurizio Sarri made a winning start as a Premier League manager as his Chelsea side produced a dominant performance to win at Huddersfield Town.

But the Spaniard just looked a yard off pace from the start with sloppy passing and some poor first touches. After a choppy opening half hour, N'Golo Kante made the breakthrough and, from that point on, there was only going to be one outcome.

Most of Chelsea's players played really well, with David Luiz especially impressive as he controlled the air and fed some good alls up front.

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. Jorginho coolly converted the penalty.

"We are lucky now because we can work with one match a week".

There were occasional signs of hesitancy in defence early on that a stronger team than Huddersfield might have exploited, but to criticise Chelsea beyond that would be harsh.

But it's either Morata or Olivier Giroud after Chelsea failed to sign a striker in the summer transfer window.

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The Blues' new star in the midfield is Jorginho, who came over to Chelsea with Sarri from Napoli. Maurizio Sarri's side bossed possession from the outset in West Yorkshire, where it took 20 minutes for Alex Pritchard to muster a shot on target - an attempt that was straight down the barrel and comfortably stopped. You can't switch on against a top-quality team like Chelsea.

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.

Huddersfield fans will have felt the half-time score was harsh, but Chelsea set about extending their lead after the restart.

Eden Hazard looks as if he is back with a bang this season.

But the 17-year-old was left out of the matchday squad altogether, with Pedro and Willian starting out wide and Hazard and Victor Moses the options from the bench.

The Italian's footballing philosophy was widely praised during his time in charge of Napoli, with the so-called "Sarri-ball" system helping the club to push Juventus all the way in the Serie A title race last season.

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