Published: 15:33 | 11/8/18

Sarri pleased after "difficult" Terriers test


Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri's Premier League reign began with victory as his side demolished Huddersfield 3-0 to go top of the table.

N'Golo Kante, Jorginho and Pedro all hit the back of the onion sack as the Blues showed their teeth and outclassed the Terriers at John Smith's Stadium.

Chelsea opened their Premier League scoring account through Kante on 34 minutes. The diminutive Frenchman firing home at the back post after a cross into the box from Willian on the left flank.

The Blues dominance continued as they claimed a second from the penalty spot just before the break. Christopher Schindler brought down Marcos Alonso in the box, with Jorginho slotting home from the spot, as he rolled the ball home after keeper Ben Hamer and already committed to diving to his right.

It was three for Chelsea with ten minutes of normal time remaining. Eden Hazard collected the ball and edged towards the Huddersfield box, drawing in the defence, before unleashing Pedro with an assist, which the Spaniard dinked over Hamer and into the back of the net.

"The game was more difficult than the result. If you see the result you think it was a very easy match but in the first half it was very difficult against physical opponents," said Sarri post-match.

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

"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."

When questioned about how long it would take his Chelsea side to reach his peak, Sarri was evasive in terms of a specific answer.

"It depends on me and the players. I don't know. The situation until now has been very difficult. On Monday four players from the World Cup arrived. And then on Tuesday another two, so it's not been easy for me at the moment. Hopefully two months and not three," added Sarri.

Blues captain Cesar Azpilicueta indicated that the west London club had been working hard in training and that the squad as a whole was impressed with Sarri since his arrival at the club.

"We have been working really hard with him. He knows what he wants and our target was to start really well which we have done and now we must get ready for Arsenal," commented Azpilicueta.

"Our signings have been very good, adapting very quickly to the team and being comfortable in the the team and we have a very good squad."

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