Maurizio Sarri anticipates early season 'problems' before Chelsea reach full potential

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   Sarri has taken over at Chelsea and could face a tough first season in charge

GETTY Sarri has taken over at Chelsea and could face a tough first season in charge

Pedro sealed a comfortable win with a cool, chipped finish for Chelsea's third after being played in by substitute Eden Hazard.

Asked if he can replicate Napoli's style at Chelsea, Sarri, who appeared to gnaw on some kind of cigarette during the game, added: "No, I have to know the characteristics of the players because I think I don't want to do another Naples. If you see the result you think it was a very easy match but in the first half it was very hard against physical opponents", said Sarri.

Huddersfield boss David Wagner felt his side "tried everything" in their 3-0 defeat at home to Chelsea, but accepts the result was deserved. Playing under a new coach in Maurizio Sarri and reverting to a back four in a new system, there were always going to be some chinks to work out.

A Spaniard was then involved with the second as Marcos Alonso went down in the area for a penalty.

His header, which beat all of Chelsea's defenders and their new keeper, unfortunately deflected off of the post and back into play. After looking aimless for long periods in the first half they were much improved in the second, with more Hazard involvement likely to take them up a gear.

Hazard was introduced for the final 15 minutes and looked keen to make up for lost time as he teed up Pedro Rodriguez to round off the scoring.

"The second goal we conceded shortly before half-time is a goal which we should never concede".

Like Wolves, Fulham earned rave reviews for their summer business, outspending United and City, in signing 12 new players.

Speaking after the game, the Italian was pleased with how his side got the job done against a "physical" Huddersfield line-up.

MF N'Golo Kante, 8 - Given licence to play further forward than under Conte, Kante was well placed to fire home the opening goal. Apparently limitless reserves of energy meant the France global was able to maintain the high-tempo press from midfield throughout the game.

Of the three in midfield, Ross Barkley on the left looked the least effective.

FW Pedro, 8 - Linked up well with Azpilicueta in forward passages of play and was the main beneficiary when Hazard came on as he latched onto a pass from the Belgian worldwide to smartly score the final goal.

He said: "The game was more hard than the result".

The ex-Everton man put in an impressive shift before being replaced by fellow Englishman Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

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