From Kante to the kids, winners and losers as Chelsea beat Huddersfield
Aug 12 2018
Kepa, the world's most expensive goalkeeper after his £72.1million move from Athletic Bilbao on Thursday, had little to do on his debut as Chelsea cruised to a 3-0 victory in Maurizio Sarri's first game in charge.
"It's not always easy to adapt because it's a new style of play, but I think we did well".
He created Chelsea's third goal for Pedro just minutes after coming on and whilst Huddersfield were already a beaten side by that point, he ran riot and was at his sizzling best gliding past players.
"We started very well, on the front foot, and then the first goal came out of nothing".
An unlikely goalscorer, N'Golo Kante opened the scoring after 34 minutes with the Blues' first shot on target.
Huddersfield showed their spirit by continuing to attack and striker Steve Mounie headed against the post after Mathias Jorgensen had flicked on a corner.
Jorginho followed Sarri from Napoli to Chelsea in the summer and the midfielder doubled the Blues' lead when he converted a penalty after Christopher Schindler fouled Marcos Alonso. 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.
Part of that was down to the quality of Huddersfield's press, a positive sign for David Wagner's side after the more passive approach of last season, but Sarri's side didn't take care of the ball as well as their manager would've liked.
Before we get to the goal reactions, though, let's just pause for one Twitter user, who informed his users that Kante did not have this kind of thing in his locker.
"A disappointing result, not a disappointing performance, especially the first half", the Terriers boss said.
"I have seen passion, desire, the spirit, which we usually have in our game". He did well with that and we as defenders we needed to help him and we did that.
"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".