Jorginho, Sarri debut with easy Chelsea win

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Chelsea gave a debut to the world's most expensive goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga, who joined from Athletic Bilbao for 72 million pounds (A$126 million) last week, but the Spaniard had little work to do.

The World Cup victor started his first game under the tutelage of Maurizio Sarri against Huddersfield and proved to be the most unlikely goalscorer when he found the net 34 minutes into the trip to the John Smith Stadium with a bouncing side-foot volley with his weaker left peg.

But German defender Rudiger was pleased the Spaniard's first appearance passed without incident following Thibault Courtois' controversial departure. I think the best of the game was the capacity was to suffer for 15 minutes. "He tried to speak as much as he can".


"I am happy because the Courtois situation was clear".

Fresh off a World Cup triumph, N'Golo Kante has returned to Chelsea and looks set to function in a more advanced role under Sarri. "We did it better in the second half, there was more space and time". The Brazilian was particularly impressive against the Terriers on Saturday and dominated the air as he helped his side keep a clean sheet.

"We have a quite good understanding", Rudiger added when asked about Luiz.


"We are not a physical team so for 20 minutes we were in trouble but we did very well", Sarri said. "We moved the ball well and to have a good bench is always good".

Former Napoli coach Sarri replaced Antonio Conte in a restless summer for the London club but any fears of an opening-day upset disappeared with goals from France global N'Golo Kante, summer signing Jorginho and Pedro.

Jorginho followed Sarri from Napoli to Chelsea in the summer and the midfielder doubled the Blues' lead when he converted a penalty after Christopher Schindler fouled Marcos Alonso.


He was at the heart of a counter-attack that produced Chelsea's third goal as he broke from midfield and slipped a pass to Pedro, who beat Hamer with an expert finish. I felt the energy in the stadium and we were unlucky in the first half.

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