Premier League

Sarriball, Act 1: Blues Open With A Convincing Victory

Chelsea opened their Premier League campaign in style with a 3-0 win away to Huddersfield. Kante, Jorginho and Pedro were on the scoresheet for the Blues as they flew to the summit of the table after the Saturday fixtures.

Maurizio Sarri‘s team selection was under question as he started with Eden Hazard on the bench and completely dropped pre-season starlet, Calum Hudson-Odoi.

Chelsea’s slow start to the game raised a few eyebrows and doubts about their competence as a team, but most doubts were erased when Ngolo Kante put the Blues in front with an audacious volley.

Chelsea’s dominance from then on settled the nerves of Chelsea fans across the world, and their terrorial advantage led to a penalty which Jorginho smartly converted.

Alvaro Morata seemed to be continuing on his spell of low confidence as he struggled to impact the game in any way. Maybe, he may not be fit for Sarri’s system this season. Similar to Sarri’s conversion of Dries Mertens at Napoli last season, we could see Eden Hazard converted to a false nine since Sarri prefers slick, pacy players to spearhead his team.

Hazard’s introduction in the 75th minute brought a new dimension to Chelsea’s game. In just five minutes on the pitch, the Belgian menace terrorized Huddersfield’s defence and provided an assist to Pedro for Chelsea’s third goal of the afternoon.

It was, particularly, nice to see Ruben Loftus-Cheek back in a Chelsea shirt. He got a good run-out as a late substitute.

Despite the unfamiliarity with his players, Sarri seems to be buying the trust of the squad. He did say (in his press conference last week) that it may take a few months for his philosophy to be engraved into the club. But today’s game was a good sign of progress for Chelsea.

Sarri’s first real test as a Premier League manager will be as soon as next Saturday, as Chelsea welcome Arsenal to Stamford Bridge.

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