Huddersfield 0-3 Chelsea: Premier League highlights and recap

David Wagner Huddersfield

Maurizio Sarri started life as Chelsea coach with a comprehensive 3-0 win away to Huddersfield on Saturday afternoon, and his side saw Spain well-represented with five players from the country starting in their season opener.

Eden Hazard also produced a lively cameo after coming on as a 76th-minute substitute, creating Chelsea's third goal, rounding off a near flawless start to life in English football for Sarri, who had predicted that his team would encounter problems with results and performances in the first half of the season.

"I have to know the characteristics of the players because I think I don't want to do another Naples", he said.

Huddersfield could have been a baptism of fire for Sarri and the likes of Kepa Arrizabalaga, who this week became the most expensive goalkeeper in history.

Huddersfield goalkeeper Ben Hamer can do nothing to keep out Jorginho's penalty for Chelsea.

The new boss has been playing catch-up, often opting for double training sessions, but thinks that results could suffer in the short term and he has communicated that to his superiors at the club. He captained the side well and the defence looked cohesive under his watch. They made Chelsea uncomfortable throughout the opening period, and new signing Terence Kongolo impressed at center-back.

Jorginho, whose passing was near-faultless throughout, feinted during his run-up before rolling the ball in, leaving the goalkeeper flatfooted.

Sarri says that the next month will be crucial in determining the success of his team adapting to a new system, before Europa League and Carabao Cup games start to pile up. He took responsibility for the penalty won by Alonso and the cool, clinical manner in which he scored suggests he may get further opportunities even when regular taker Hazard is on the pitch.

Not content with covering 75 per cent of earth and controlling the midfield, N'Golo Kante is now scoring goals! Apparently limitless reserves of energy meant the France global was able to maintain the high-tempo press from midfield throughout the game. "Kovacic is a very technical player".

The Belgian made a burst from his own half that drew Huddersfield defenders towards him before rolling a diagonal pass for Pedro to slot in the third.

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.

The ex-Everton man put in an impressive shift before being replaced by fellow Englishman Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Hazard appeared for the final 15 minutes, as Real Madrid continue to circle, and gave a reminder as to just why he is so coveted.

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