Thibaut Courtois missed Chelsea training through stress, says agent


Maurizio Sarri began his Chelsea tenure with a 2-0 win (no, the Charity Shield doesn't count) against Huddersfield on Saturday, but the Blues weren't entirely convincing, particularly in a first half when the Terriers pegged them back for long stretches.

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.

Sarri was spotted on numerous occasions during his career in Italy smoking in stadiums, or on the sidelines, such as the clip below where he lit up in the company of two bodyguards. It depends on the characteristics of the Premier League and my players.

Maybe it's time to invest in some nicotine patches, Maurizio?

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'Maybe for Napoli in the past year it wouldn't have been a problem but for Chelsea, with some of the players only having had three days of training, it was a problem'.

Both teams pressed for a large portion of the first half, and Sarri said those are the types of situations the team will need to work on.

Jorginho, who followed Sarri from Naples to West London, made no mistake from the spot when he shouldered the responsibility to extend the visitors' lead on his Premier League debut. 'I want to do a good Chelsea.

World Cup victor Kante's untidy 34th-minute volley and Jorginho's audacious penalty on the stroke of halftime put Chelsea in control before Pedro wrapped up the points in the closing stages. I am studying my players.

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They are bold words for the new coach of Chelsea, who has seen two of his predecessors, Luiz Felipe Scolari and Andre Villas-Boas, sacked after failing in the Stamford Bridge hot seat after only eight and nine months respectively by an owner in Abramovich not known for his patience.

"We're happy because to be honest our pre-season games were not that good", he said. We have to move the ball faster. He could have won more trophies.

"I thought it right not to hold Courtois against his will, we got someone young like Mateo Kovacic who is ready to explode and also Jorginho". Three goals and a clean sheet. I don't know. The situation until now has been very hard.

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