Huddersfield Town 0 Chelsea 3: Disappointing result, not display, claims Wagner

Maurizio Sarri started life as Chelsea coach with a comprehensive 3-0 win away to Huddersfield on Saturday afternoon, and his side saw Spain well-represented with five players from the country starting in their season opener.

It came in the 34th minute when N'Golo Kante's mis-hit strike from Willian's cross bounced past Huddersfield goalkeeper Ben Hamer.

Chelsea didn't have much trouble defeating Huddersfield Town in Maurizio Sarri's Premier League debut.

The two-goal deficit deflated the hosts and the Blues took complete control after the restart, further extending their lead through Pedro as Sarri recorded a convincing victory in his first league game.

The new boss has been playing catch-up, often opting for double training sessions, but thinks that results could suffer in the short term and he has communicated that to his superiors at the club. We are not a physical team.

Both teams pressed for a large portion of the first half, and Sarri said those are the types of situations the team will need to work on. "But, for the moment, he's not Courtois, of course", Sarri told a pre-match press conference. "We have to improve in moving the ball faster, I think". He had a couple of routine saves to make, gathering a dipping long-range shot from Alex Pritchard in the first half, and falling on a tame header from substitute Laurent Depoitre in the second.




The west London side missed out on a spot in the Champions League for the second time in three seasons to result in Antonio Conte's dismissal.

Then Kante popped up with his goal to prove his "no end product" critics wrong.

Italian manager Sarri has faced a testing first four weeks since taking charge at Stamford Bridge. I have to adapt myself to the characteristics of this championship and of (my) players.

There were questions over whether Huddersfield could keep things rolling after their achievement last season and they really didn't play badly, especially in the first half.

Huddersfield enjoyed more possession toward the half-hour mark as Steve Mounie's rising effort cleared the crossbar and a series of crosses from Huddersfield left-back Chris Lowe tested Chelsea's defence.

'The difference from the physical it is different. "For the referees, it is different, really different".

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