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N'Golo Kante Equals His Best Premier League Goals Tally

12 August 2018

"We have just started working with him [Sarri] but in the first days we have seen that he is a manager who likes to shape the game from the back, he likes to play football".

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.

9 - With the exception of handing Kepa Arrizabalaga a debut in goal, Sarri played it safe with his first league line-up by opting for experienced heads to do his high-press bidding.

With Eden Hazard not a guaranteed starter due to his involvement late into the World Cup, many Chelsea fans were hoping Callum Hudson-Odoi would feature in some part after his impressive pre-season.

There was another development in the form of Cesar Azpilicueta leading the side out as captain, albeit not permanent, yet he's likely to continue in the role under Sarri.

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Despite putting up a staunch defence in the first half, they found themselves down 2-0 heading into half time and on the losing end of a 3-0 scoreline.

Another positive was the performance of Alvaro Morata, much maligned for his form in the second half of last season, and heavily linked with a move away from Chelsea this summer.

His header, which beat all of Chelsea's defenders and their new keeper, unfortunately deflected off of the post and back into play. Debutant Jorginho stepped up and coolly dispatched after a slow approach.

"I don't know, he has always kicked the penalty like this", Sarri shrugged.

Subs not used: Caballero, Giroud, Zappacosta, Christensen.

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STAR MAN - Kante was his usual pesky self in midfield but, playing in a new formation under the new boss, he was a real attacking threat. I saw our spirit, togetherness and good attitude today, which is what we will need to be competitive this season.

"The second goal we conceded shortly before half-time is a goal which we should never concede". In the opener, the Blues cruised to a 3-0 win at Huddersfield, earning a convincing three points after the team failed to impress during the preseason.

Kepa, signed from Atheltic Bilbao for £72.1million on Thursday, 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 Town midfielder Aaron Mooy.

It's a tricky start to the season, and after facing Cardiff on Matchday 3, Huddersfield then takes on Everton, Crystal Palace, Leicester, Tottenham, Burnley and Liverpool.

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N'Golo Kante Equals His Best Premier League Goals Tally