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Sarri's Chelsea too good for Huddersfield

Sarri's Chelsea too good for Huddersfield

Chelsea and Tottenham dispelled doubts about their readiness to make winning starts to the Premier League on Sunday (NZ time). As such, the fact they won 3-0 anyway is a good sign that the acclimatisation period might not be too calamitous.

After an opening half hour in which Chelsea had more of the ball but were kept at arm's length by a smartly-drilled Huddersfield side, the visitors took the lead with a whiff of fortune. Alonso broke into the box and was tripped by Christopher Schindler.

As well as brilliantly setting up the third goal of the afternoon for Pedro, the winger also embarked on a mazy run that took five Huddersfield players to stop him.

"It was Chelsea's first chance more or less out of nothing and then we conceded the penalty, where we clearly made a big mistake".

The France midfielder was typically dominant with his usual duties, but surprisingly clinical with an extremely rare goal for the Blues in the first half.

Pedro added the icing on the cake with 10 minutes left, having been teed up by Eden Hazard - who came on as a substitute and immediately went about tormenting Huddersfield defenders.

Pedro applied the finishing touch after Hazard accelerated forward with objective before unselfishly teeing up the Spaniard, who was cool and collected before lifting the ball over the onrushing Hamer, watching it trickle into the corner. Job done for Chelsea and Sarri.

"If we wanted to get something today, we had to be at our very best".

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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. But I have seen a player who is very happy to stay here, so I think it will be no problem, the new contract".

Then Kante popped up with his goal to prove his "no end product" critics wrong. But he could be flawless for this system.

After a frustrating debut against City, Jorginho produced a fine display at the base of Chelsea's midfield. Under Sarri, they could be maximised.

"Second half the boys tried everything". The football didn't improve until the Italian delivered his team-talk, though - and they performed like a new team after the restart.

"The first half was hard". Ultimately, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Chelsea's new £72m goalkeeper, had little to do.

Chelsea FC finished in fifth spot in the Premier League table last season to miss out on a Champions League spot.

FW Alvaro Morata, 7 - Led the line enthusiastically, held up the ball well when in possession and looked confident enough to suggest the goals that have been missing from his game will come soon enough if Sarri persists with him. "We kept them away from our goal and as I said they scored out of nothing".