Maurizio Sarri not aiming to repeat Napoli formula at Chelsea

12 August, 2018, 12:27 | Author: Suzanne Horton
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"From the physical point of view, it's different", the Chelsea boss said, comparing the Premier League to Serie A.

Here are the winners and losers from the match.

Crucially Chelsea have held onto Eden Hazard, but while the Belgian was only deemed fit enough for a place on the bench following his World Cup exertions, N'Golo Kante was thrown straight into the side after starring in Russian Federation for world champions France.

The new head coach was helped by a returning World Cup victor and a new signing.

After Antonio Rudiger won an aerial battle inside his own half, Jorginho's neat touch played in Pedro who pushed forward before passing to Willian.

Chelsea have named their starting line-up and substitutes to lock horns with Huddersfield Town in their opening Premier League fixture of the season.

Sarri surprised many by pushing Kante out of his favoured defensive midfield role, and over to the right hand side of the three central midfielders. We made too many mistakes and you have to be clinical and use your chances.

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.

And when the crosses did come in, Morata could not get himself on the end of them, being crowded out well by the Huddersfield defence. You can see his first Chelsea goal by clicking here.

Sarri has only been able to work with the full Chelsea first-team squad this week, as key players Eden Hazard and N'Golo Kante were among those granted three weeks off to recover from their World Cup exertions.

The World Cup victor started his first game under the tutelage of Maurizio Sarri against Huddersfield and proved to be the most unlikely goalscorer when he found the net 34 minutes into the trip to the John Smith Stadium with a bouncing side-foot volley with his weaker left peg.

A Spaniard was then involved with the second as Marcos Alonso went down in the area for a penalty.

Eyes were obviously on debutants Jorginho and Arrizabalaga and the pair gave excellent accounts of themselves, with the former scoring a cheeky penalty in the first half.

The Belgian made a burst from his own half that drew Huddersfield defenders towards him before rolling a diagonal pass for Pedro to slot in the third. "I expect in the first part of the season some problems".

Like Wolves, Fulham earned rave reviews for their summer business, outspending United and City, in signing 12 new players.


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