Maurizio Sarri reveals why Chelsea star left Stamford Bridge on deadline day

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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.

Winger Pedro scored the goal of the day, capping off an unstoppable finish after substitute Eden Hazard had launched a quality counter, surging half the length of the field before finding his unmarked teammate on 80 minutes.

Most of Chelsea's players played really well, with David Luiz especially impressive as he controlled the air and fed some good alls up front.

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. "The first half was hard". If you look at the result you can think of an easy game. "In this moment we are not at the top of our potential but we had the capacity to suffer for 20 minutes in the first half".


We are not a physical team. "The best capacity was to suffer, but then I think the second half maybe they were exhausted".

Job done for Chelsea and Sarri. In the first line, we defended not like we wanted to defend.

Kante is already recognised as one of the better midfielders in Europe for his ability to appear in many places at one time defensively.

"We are lucky now because for three or four weeks, we can work with only one match a week. I hope in this month to improve the team".


DF Antonio Rudiger, 7 - Chelsea need a reliable rock at centre-back and Rudiger looked every inch the type of player who won't go missing when most needed.

"I don't know. I think there were some personal reasons, so I can not go on personal reasons". "The best thing for him was to play 15-20 minutes when the opposition was exhausted".

Huddersfield had the better of play from that point and hit the inside of the post through a Steve Mounie header, but just before the break it was 2-0.

"From the physical point of view, it is different", he said. "For the referees, it is different, really different. Maybe with an Italian referee, maybe 15 more fouls [would be given in this game] than with this referee".


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