Huddersfield Town 0 Chelsea 3: Disappointing result, not display, claims Wagner


Alex Pritchard was a unsafe creative force in the final third, Steve Mounié came close on three occasions and hit the post with a close-range header just minutes after Kanté opened the scoring.

Asked if he can replicate Napoli's style at Chelsea, Sarri, who appeared to gnaw on some kind of cigarette during the game, added: "No, I have to know the characteristics of the players because I think I don't want to do another Naples".

Imagine a midfield three of Kante, Jorginho and Matteo Kovacic with Hazard and Willian or Pedro behind Higuain.

Goals from N'golo Kante, Jorginho and Pedro Rodriguez ensured Maurizio Sarri's reign began on a winning note. Hazard drives forward, slipping through Pedro at the ideal moment.

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But I told the players we had good periods, lots of glimpses of the type of football we wanted to play. "A good match. I had my plans for many months and I find myself with the market closed in a situation I did not think I would be in.

One striker who will not be scoring goals for Chelsea this season is Michy Batshuayi, who has joined Valencia on a season-long loan.

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. Jorginho with a slow, nonchalant run-up, strokes the ball down the middle and Hamer doesn't get close to it.

Real have been chasing the Chelsea star for the past year and had hoped to sign him this summer after losing Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus. He had a couple of routine saves to make, gathering a dipping long-range shot from Alex Pritchard in the first half, and falling on a tame header from substitute Laurent Depoitre in the second.

Huddersfield fans will have felt the half-time score was harsh, but Chelsea set about extending their lead after the restart.

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DF Marcos Alonso, 7 - Criticised by some supporters for lacking the wherewithal to play as a left-back in Sarri's system, Alonso did look laboured at times in defence.

They started the match brightly and also debuted a new stopper, with Ben Hamer starting their first match ahead of Jonas Lossl following an impressive pre-season. But, the youngster is surprisingly, not even in the matchday squad.

The transfer window for non-English clubs is open until the end of the month and it would be great if we can keep hold of the Belgian attacker this season.

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