Chelsea crush Huddersfield to give Sarri flawless start

Steven Paston  PA Wire Sarri is set for his first Premier League game

Steven Paston PA Wire Sarri is set for his first Premier League game

Italy global Jorginho passed home a fearless penalty in the 45th minute as Maurizio Sarri earned his first competitive win at the helm after his team went down to Manchester City in the Community Shield last weekend, while fellow debutant and the world's most expensive goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga started with a clean sheet.

DF David Luiz, 8 - Revitalised under Sarri, Luiz rolled back the years with a competent and - more importantly - focused display of controlled, ball-playing defending.

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

FW Willian, 8 - Willian has also come in for unnecessary criticism from sections of Chelsea's support in recent weeks but, like Alonso, his contribution was pivotal when he assisted Kante's goal following a clever run.

"I don't want to do another Napoli, I want to do a Chelsea", Sarri told a post-match news conference. As such, the fact they won 3-0 anyway is a good sign that the acclimatisation period might not be too calamitous.

58' - CROSSBAR! Chelsea go close from a corner once more. Their play was much more fluid; they adopted the style of football Sarri likes his teams to play. "I have to respect the characteristics of the players, the championship and now I study my players". The experienced goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois spent the first half of the week absent without leave to force through his move to Real Madrid, with the replacement, Kepa Arrizabalaga, recruited only on Wednesday night. So it was a bit unlucky.

"At Napoli we played at great speed, moving the ball forward and back with continuity". It was fun for the supporters and useful for results.

The Blues have endured a hard summer after Chelsea FC finished in fifth spot in the Premier League table last term. And useful for the results, I think.

The FA Cup winners and last season's defending champions headed into their first game of the season with some uncertainty given the changes which took place in the summer. But yes, it could be more attacking for me. Could they be potential title challengers this season?

The big problem last season was a lack of goals, however, and there was little here to suggest they won't struggle in that department again.

In an interview with ESPN recently, the player stated, "The only club I knew that really made an official offer for me was Barcelona".

Latest News