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Sarri's 'Spanish' Chelsea get off to flawless start

12 August 2018

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri looks out from the sidelines during the Premier League match against Huddersfield, at the John Smith's Stadium in Huddersfield, England, Saturday Aug. 11, 2018.

Roared on by the loud home support that had helped them to survival at the end of last season, Huddersfield had plenty of early pressure.

Maurizio Sarri made a winning start as a Premier League manager as his Chelsea side produced a dominant performance to win at Huddersfield Town. "That is something I used to play at my old club, Caen", Kante said this week. "I have to respect the characteristics of the players, the championship and now I study my players".

"What I expect to achieve in these seven years is great growth, both personally and collectively as a team. We really wanted to get something out of this game". We have to move the ball faster. That is not a surprise, perhaps, but it doesn't bode well for his chances of much playing time with Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Cesc Fabregas and Mateo Kovacic to come in.

But having dealt with a series of crosses whipped into the box, Chelsea went ahead in the 34th minute when Willian's cross from the left found N'Golo Kante, whose shot squirted past goalkeeper Ben Hamer.

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"My job is on the pitch, to improve my players", said Sarri. "I thought yesterday the best thing for him was to play 15 or 20 minutes when the opposition were probably exhausted".

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.

"The game was more hard than the result", he said.

"We are not a physical team so for 20 minutes we were in trouble but we did very well. The best capacity was to suffer, but then I think the second half maybe they were exhausted".

"Chelsea were very clinical". "We kept them away from our goal and as I said they scored out of nothing".

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Speaking after the game, the Italian was pleased with how his side got the job done against a "physical" Huddersfield line-up. "I have seen passion, desire, the spirit we usually have in our game".

"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".

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.

"Hazard is with us", Sarri told reporters.

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