Chelsea's all-round effort ensures Maurizio Sarri makes winning start

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Maurizio Sarri enjoyed a winning Premier League debut as Chelsea manager as Jorginho shone as the deep-lying leader at the heart of the midfield against Huddersfield Town.

The Belgian was given three weeks off after his exploits at the World Cup and was only named on the bench at the Kirklees Stadium, but he made a massive impact when he was finally brought on in the second half.

Maurizio Sarri will be delighted to have kept hold of his main man during the transfer window and this performance will give all Chelsea fans encouragement for the rest of the season.

"So when you haven't got that expectation on you I think it's good because it happened in Antonio's first season when Chelsea had slumped down the league and didn't too well". "I have to respect the characteristics of the players, the championship and now I study my players". The football didn't improve until the Italian delivered his team-talk, though - and they performed like a new team after the restart. Alex Pritchard and Steven Mounie combined well at times in the first half, but produced few clear-cut chances.


"Then we were 2-0 down after I think a good half and I think second half we started very slow, we were shocked".

FW Alvaro Morata, 7 - Led the line enthusiastically, held up the ball well when in possession and looked confident enough to suggest the goals that have been missing from his game will come soon enough if Sarri persists with him.

"We are not a physical team so for 20 minutes we were in trouble but we did very well", Sarri said.

It would do a discredit to the style of play to say Chelsea began to fully embrace "Sarriball" in the second half, but there was certainly a more attacking approach adopted as Chelsea looked to put the game out of sight.


But, given all he's said since moving to Stamford Bridge, Sarri is purely concerned with coaching and is looking to stamp an identity on his new squad as quickly as possible - and not necessarily the one from his last job. "The best capacity was to suffer, but then I think the second half maybe they were exhausted".

"I've seen the spirit, attitude and togetherness we need for our season". We made a mistake in our frontline that led to the second goal which can not happen.

Jorginho's penalty raised eyebrows and delighted neutrals, the former Napoli midfielder deceiving goalkeeper Ben Hamer with a skip in his run-up before rolling the ball home.


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