Chelsea boss Sarri confesses Higuain transfer 'regret'

David Wagner Huddersfield

Wagner’s Terriers can spring a surprise against Chelsea

Yet, they didn't test Chelsea debutant Kepa Arrizabagala almost enough.

The Blues are under new management this season in the shape of former Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri, and Huddersfield will present his first Premier League opposition.

Mauricio Sarri said this week that his Chelsea team might not play entirely as he wants until the second half of the season and, against Huddersfield, they certainly were not the whirling, fast-paced team of the new manager's ideals. Sarri was animated on the touchline, ordering his men to play at a quicker tempo. We have to improve in this month, then it might be hard with the national teams.

Playing the key anchor role, Jorginho boasted the highest passing success rate on the whole pitch (93.9%), while also making the most clearances (five).

"A disappointing result, not a disappointing performance, especially the first half", the Terriers boss said. The feeling at Chelsea already is that the particular quirks of their pre-season, initially overseen by Conte and his staff, has set them back. "The best thing for him was to play 15-20 minutes when the opposition was exhausted".

Starting XI: Hamer (6), Kongolo (7), Hogg (7), Billing (6), Mooy (6), Lowe (7), Pritchard (7), Mounie (7), Zanka (6), Schindler (5), Hadergjonaj (6).

Substitutes: Caballero, Christensen, Zappacosta, Moses (N/A), Loftus-Cheek (7), Hazard (8), Giroud.

The Frenchman was replaced in the hole by new signing Jorginho, who has followed his manager from Napoli to south-west London. The ball fell to Kante, who fired into the floor and into the back of the net. Kepa beaten but Chelsea survive! Alonso is caught by Schlinder inside the box and the referee points to the spot!

45' - GOAL! Huddersfield 0-2 Chelsea: Two shots on target, two goals from Chelsea. Jorginho with a slow, nonchalant run-up, strokes the ball down the middle and Hamer doesn't get close to it.

Chelsea's latest Italian steward will take his bow in the din in a corner of west Yorkshire, 200 miles north, . This time Rudiger flicks on the delivery to set up Alonso but his acrobatic effort smashes against the woodwork.

Kepa was thrust straight into the startling line-up on Saturday at Huddersfield and Press Association Sport's Simon Peach looked at how he got on in Chelsea's 3-0 win. The Belgian global broke down the middle and patiently waited for the right opportunity to pass before playing in Pedro, who dinked a nice finish.

His header, which beat all of Chelsea's defenders and their new keeper, unfortunately deflected off of the post and back into play.

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