Chelsea crush Huddersfield to give Sarri ideal start

Chelsea crush Huddersfield to give Sarri ideal start

With the arrival of Jorginho, Maurizio Sarri and Sarrismo, N'Golo Kante will find himself in a slightly more advanced position at Chelsea this season.

But German defender Rudiger was pleased the Spaniard's first appearance passed without incident following Thibault Courtois' controversial departure. "He's a quality player and we helped each other. I wish him good luck in Real Madrid but now we have to concentrate on Kepa because he's our goalkeeper". "In his work he's very confident".

"We're happy because to be honest our pre-season games were not that good", Rudiger said. 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.

An away win, featuring three goals and a clean sheet, are reasons to be cheerful, but add to that an all-round team performance from a group who have rediscovered the joy of being able to play an enterprising brand of football. "I have to respect the characteristics of the players, I have to adapt myself to the characteristics of the championship and of the players, so now I am studying my players".

World Cup victor Kante's untidy 34th-minute volley and Jorginho's audacious penalty on the stroke of halftime put Chelsea in control before Pedro wrapped up the points in the closing stages.

Chelsea dropped £57m on former Napoli star Jorginho over the summer, and the midfielder may already be the most entertaining penalty taker in the Premier League. However, this was forgiven just before half-time when he made a buccaneering break into the Huddersfield box and drew a foul to secure the penalty which Jorginho converted.

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.

They made Chelsea uncomfortable throughout the opening period, and new signing Terence Kongolo impressed at center-back.

The striker needs a goal to get his confidence up or both he and Chelsea may suffer.