Maurizio Sarri anticipates early season 'problems' before Chelsea reach full potential

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

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri made a winning start to life in the Premier League as his team enjoyed a 3-0 win over Huddersfield Town at the John Smith's Stadium on Saturday.

"Yes it's very true to be more offensive, to find the striker, to cause problems for the opponents and I think today we started well and I hope for the next game against Arsenal we can have a good result".

N'Golo Kante opened the scoring with a rare strike before Jorginho doubled the lead from the penalty spot on the brink of half time.

The opening half-hour of Sarri's competitive managerial career in England had...

Even as Chelsea grew in the game and took the lead, Morata looked slightly lost in the attacking line as Willian and Pedro opted to cut in from their wide positions.

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. "In this moment we are not at the top of our potential but we had the capacity to suffer for 20 minutes in the first half".

Once Kovacic is up to speed with Chelsea and their new system, the Croatian is expected to occupy that third role in midfield alongside Kante and Jorginho, as a fitting replacement for Marek Hamsik whom Sarri had at Napoli. Jorginho will clearly be the key, the expert at quickly shifting the ball that Sarri knows well from Napoli.

Courtois, 26, said he wanted to move to be closer to his children in Madrid and did not return to Stamford Bridge after playing for his side in the World Cup.

It took us a while to get going, but once we did, Huddersfield didn't stand a chance.

Chelsea star Willian has revealed that former boss Jose Mourinho and Manchester United never made a bid for his services and it was only La Liga champs Barcelona, who had made an attempt to sign him.


"We have to improve to defend in the other half, to press against three defenders".

"I have seen passion, desire, the spirit, which we usually have in our game".

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