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Huddersfield Town 0 Chelsea 3: Jorginho helps get Sarri off the mark

Huddersfield Town 0 Chelsea 3: Jorginho helps get Sarri off the mark

And although the Blues thrilled in a 3-0 opening-day win away to Huddersfield Town on Saturday, Sarri believes there is more to come. France's World Cup victor scuffed a volley into the ground and it took a deflection, before looping into the corner.

Still, teething problems were to be expected given the Italian manager's arrival halfway through preseason, and Chelsea can take heart from the win, earned with their best attacking player, Eden Hazard, sitting on the bench for 75 minutes.

While Sarri left smiling, Huddersfield manager David Wagner felt his side had shown encouraging signs despite the scoreline.

Chelsea were lacking dynamism and conviction as Huddersfield sat deep and proved hard to break down, but Pedro's driving run and pass out to Willian enabled the Brazilian to pick out Kante, who scuffed a left-footed volley into the ground and inside the far post in the 34th minute.

But Chelsea took the lead in the 34th.

Once Kovacic is up to speed with Chelsea and their new system, the Croatian is expected to occupy that third role in midfield alongside Kante and Jorginho, as a fitting replacement for Marek Hamsik whom Sarri had at Napoli.

Alex Pritchard was a unsafe creative force in the final third, Steve Mounié came close on three occasions and hit the post with a close-range header just minutes after Kanté opened the scoring.

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"The ref needs to explain that to us because I don't understand why (it was not retaken)". He did not want a new defender to help with a switch to a back four from the three-man alignment preferred by Antonio Conten and neither was he keen on another striker, despite the struggles last season of Alvaro Morata.

"We started very well, on the front foot, and then the first goal came out of nothing".

Kante is already recognised as one of the better midfielders in Europe for his ability to appear in many places at one time defensively.

"Jorginho is not a physical player, he is a technical player", Sarri added.

More flashes of what Chelsea fans can expect from "Sarri-ball" would have been anticipated and they received a brilliant example when Ross Barkley flicked Jorginho's pass into the run of Alonso, who won the penalty from Schindler.

"I have seen passion, desire, the spirit, which we usually have in our game". Could they be potential title challengers this season?