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

Lynette Rowe
Августа 12, 2018

Still, teething problems were to be expected given the Italian manager's arrival halfway through preseason, and Chelsea can take heart from the win, earned with their best attacking player, Eden Hazard, sitting on the bench for 75 minutes.

The Italy global, who was shaking his head in disbelief at Hazard's ability, made an immediate beeline for his new teammate as he got back on his feet.

"I think that Eden in this moment can not play for 90 minutes, he needs to have training", he explained.

Willian's cross to the back post was testing, and there was Kante to half-volley in for just his third Premier League goal for Chelsea - scoring one in each of his three seasons.

Kepa had little to do for the opening 20 minutes as Chelsea hogged the ball, but made a hash of an early touch when he passed straight to Huddersfield midfielder Aaron Mooy. In the first line, we defended not like we wanted to defend.

"I am very happy because in the first part of the season for us it is not easy to gain points".

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The Terriers were then dealt a major blow just before half-time when Chelsea were awarded a penalty for Christopher Schindler's sliding tackle on Marcos Alonso. Sarri has said it will take time to get his players playing his style; if this was anything to go by, the rest of the Premier League will be in trouble when Chelsea fully hit stride.

Before the half-time break, Jorginho added a second from the spot.

"This was a goal that was easily avoidable because we have spoken about this situation the whole week, how we like to defend, and we have seen we have to be switched on".

FW Pedro, 8 - Linked up well with Azpilicueta in forward passages of play and was the main beneficiary when Hazard came on as he latched onto a pass from the Belgian global to smartly score the final goal.

"He had the contract and it depended on Chelsea, but running close to the end of his contract, Chelsea had an interest to find a deal with Madrid, which they did".

The attacker who has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge for quite some time now, was unhappy due to the lack of game time that he got under former boss Antonio Conte.

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