Sarri's Chelsea too good for Huddersfield

Brunilde Fioravanti
Agosto 12, 2018

Maurizio Sarri has hinted that Chelsea may struggle in the early stages of the season as the players adapt to his style of play.

Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri's decision to implement a 4-3-3 system has presented many in his squad with new positional challenges.

"It depends on me and the players".

"We're happy because to be honest our pre-season games were not that good", Rudiger said.

All three goals came in a frantic opening 20 minutes on Tyneside, with two headed goals for the north London team coming either side of Joselu's equaliser for Rafa Benitez's Newcastle. "We have to improve in moving the ball faster, I think". He did well with that and we as defenders we needed to help him and we did that. He could have won more trophies.

Chelsea were lacking dynamism and conviction as Huddersfield sat deep and proved hard to break down, but Pedro's driving run and pass out to Willian enabled the Brazilian to pick out Kante, who scuffed a left-footed volley into the ground and inside the far post in the 34th minute.

"I think that Eden in this moment can not play for 90 minutes, he needs to have training", Sarri said of the Belgium star.

He has been their best player in recent years and the team needs him now, more than ever with a new manager in charge.

Huddersfield, employing a three-man backline, had impressed in the first half and could have cancelled out Kante's opener but Steve Mounie headed against the inside of the post. If you look at the result, you can think about an easy game.

"We were in trouble for 15 minutes against a physical team, we are not a physical team".

Huddersfield boss David Wagner accepted his side were roundly outplayed, highlighting defensive errors as contributing to a heavy home loss. They were very clinical. Three goals and a clean sheet. "The ref needs to explain that to us because I don't understand why (it was not retaken)". I saw our spirit, togetherness and good attitude today, which is what we will need to be competitive this season. We hit the bar twice - once when we were 1-0 down after conceding a very unlucky goal from a deflection. We made a mistake in our frontline that led to the second goal which can not happen. Unusual, maybe. So now we are not at the top.

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