Full Time: Huddersfield Town 0-3 Chelsea
Chelsea began their new era under Maurizio Sarri with a resounding 3-0 win over Huddersfield Town at John Smith Stadium. Goals from N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Pedro ensured that the Blues began the campaign with no hiccups.
French World Cup winner Kante scored the opener after he was moved into a No.8 position in the midfield with more license to move forward. A good cross was delivered by Willian and Kante scuffed his shot into the net. Few moments later, Marcos Alonso was tripped by Christopher Schindler in the box, and the resulting penalty was calmly scored by Jorginho.
Late in the game, Eden Hazard made a mazy run through the centre and fed Pedro in for the third. It was a comfortable win for the Blues.
Chelsea Player Ratings
Had nervous moments with the ball at his feet but looked comfortable overall. Didn’t have to do too much in honesty.
Cesar Azpilicueta (7)
Switched to right-back and Azpilicueta looked at home there today. Defensively sound as expected and delivered some dangerous balls into the box.
Antonio Rudiger (7.5)
Rudiger was a solid presence in the box and looked comfortable in a high-line. Played some good through balls, splitting the opposition defence.
David Luiz (7)
Luiz wasn’t tested enough today even though he struggled playing in a high-line against Manchester City last weekend. The Brazilian was comfortable on the ball.
Marcos Alonso (8)
Alonso silence his doubters who questioned if he could play left-back or not. Was dangerous with his forward runs and covered the ground defensively.
Was tidy and potent in the midfield with his passing. Scored a calm penalty to double the lead.
N’Golo Kante (8.5)
Kante played as a No.8, which is something new to him. However, he played well, running up and down the field. Scored a goal to showcase his attacking potency.
Ross Barkley (6.5)
Barkley was attractive and very active in the first-half but grew tired in the second half. Maybe more games will help him.
Pedro was at his best, running at defenders and making clever runs to create space for other attackers. Scored a goal which his game deserved.
Willian was comfortable playing in the high intensity system under Sarri. Assisted Chelsea’s opener for Kante with a clever cross.
Alvaro Morata (6)
Didn’t have too many chances to impress the manager. He must do better though to cement the starting position.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek (7) (Subbed on after 65 mins)
Shored up things in the midfield and was tidy in possession.
Eden Hazard (7) (Subbed on after 72 mins)
Hazard was on fire after coming on and assisted Chelsea’s third goal.
Victor Moses (N/A) (Subbed on after 81 mins)
Did not have much time to impact the game after coming on late.