Sarri learns lessons from Chelsea's opening win at Huddersfield

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Chelsea begin the new Premier League campaign away to Huddersfield Town on Saturday, less than a month after Sarri was officially appointed on a three-year contract to succeed the sacked Antonio Conte.

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.

Christopher Schindler's sliding challenge on Marcos Alonso was deemed illegal by Kavanagh and Jorginho craftily waited for Hamer to commit before clipping his spot kick into the opposite corner.

Kante volleyed the Blues ahead on 34 minutes after neat approach play from Pedro and Willian.

It appears this season that Jorginho could be one of Chelsea's most important players alongside the likes of Kante and Eden Hazard.

Laurent Depoitre had Town's best chance in the second half but he shot wildly over after being teed up by Florent Hadergjonaj.

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Huddersfield boss David Wagner accepted his side were roundly outplayed, highlighting defensive errors as contributing to a heavy home loss. It depends on the characteristics of the Premier League and of my players. "We have passion, commitment and desire". "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".

Chelsea fans will be greeted with a first glimpse of Kepa Arrizabalaga in goal, with Maurizio Sarri handing the most expensive goalkeeper in the world a start against Huddersfield. We made a mistake in our frontline that led to the second goal which can not happen.

The big problem last season was a lack of goals, however, and there was little here to suggest they won't struggle in that department again. That was the biggest threat to Chelsea's goal, with the Spain worldwide comfortably dealing with headers from Philip Billing and Laurent Depoitre.

Forming part of a three-man central defence which switched to five when Chelsea were attacking, Kongolo helped keep Alvaro Morata, Pedro and Willian quiet. "It will be very important for us".

But there was no instant return on that investment as Jeffrey Schlupp and Wilfried Zaha scored either side of half-time to give Palace a 2-0 win at Craven Cottage. Sarri is famed for getting the best out of his strikers, but said: "In Naples, we played at great speed, ball forward, ball back, with continuity, with great speed with the strikers".

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