Published: Sun, August 12, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Sarri's Chelsea too good for Huddersfield

Sarri's Chelsea too good for Huddersfield

Chelsea started the first-half with the same languid approach that had optimised their pre-season, lacking any pace and incisiveness on the turn, instead reverting to an impassive and disjointed accumulation of short five-yard balls and careless clearances. Sarri had said that Chelsea were overthinking their play at times against Manchester City when they were well beaten in the Community Shield last week, but that was the football that Sarri's four weeks in charge have led up to and Jorginho was unsurprisingly involved.

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

The France midfielder was typically dominant with his usual duties, but surprisingly clinical with an extremely rare goal for the Blues in the first half.

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.

A persistent and troublesome back injury stymied a strong start to Alvaro Morata's Chelsea career, but he showed no sign of turning around the form that has seen him net just once in the Premier League this year.

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There were occasional signs of hesitancy in defence early on that a stronger team than Huddersfield might have exploited, but to criticise Chelsea beyond that would be harsh.

However, on the final day of England's summer transfer window, Chelsea confirmed the loan-signing of Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid as part of the deal which saw Thibaut Courtois go the other way. Sarri has a hybrid engine in his midfield, with Kante providing the energy and Jorginho combining technique with tactical intelligence.

This will mean Barkley may once again find himself sitting on the bench at Chelsea, fighting with Ruben Loftus-Cheek for a spot as Kovacic's back up.

"A disappointing result, not a disappointing performance, especially the first half", the Terriers boss said. You can't switch on against a top-quality team like Chelsea. But, the youngster is surprisingly, not even in the matchday squad. While he didn't score, the Spaniard's hold-up play was impressive.

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