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Chelsea have Premier League title advantage over Man City and Liverpool

12 August 2018

Maurizio Sarri insists that it will take three months for his Chelsea team reaches their potential under his new management but, in the meantime, N'Golo Kante, Jorginho and Pedro ensured the veteran Italian made an impressive and winning start to Premier League life.

Jorginho then whispered something to Hazard that caused the Belgian to burst out laughing.

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri insists that he is not looking to replicate his Napoli style at Stamford Bridge.

FW Willian, 8 - Willian has also come in for unnecessary criticism from sections of Chelsea's support in recent weeks but, like Alonso, his contribution was pivotal when he assisted Kante's goal following a clever run.

Alex Pritchard was a risky 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.

The two-goal deficit deflated the hosts and the Blues took complete control after the restart, further extending their lead through Pedro as Sarri recorded a convincing victory in his first league game. He had a couple of routine saves to make, gathering a dipping long-range shot from Alex Pritchard in the first half, and falling on a tame header from substitute Laurent Depoitre in the second.

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A Spaniard was then involved with the second as Marcos Alonso went down in the area for a penalty. This would have been one for Huddersfield, but it is still early.

Goalscoring was a persistent issue for Chelsea under Conte last season and it has proven so again this summer, with Alvaro Morata failing to find the net in any of the Blues' friendlies as he battles to rediscover his confidence.

MF Ruben Loftus-Cheek, 6 - Replaced Barkley in the 68th minute and brought a more physical presence to Chelsea's midfield.

And his performances in pre-season, in the Community Shield and against Huddersfield have done very little to convince supporters that he's good enough to lead the line. But, the youngster is surprisingly, not even in the matchday squad. The striker, who was the tournament's top scorer in Russian Federation, has now failed to score a Premier League goal in August at 14 attempts.

But with a good start to the season so vital for Sarri at his new club, it is understandable why he wanted to rely on more senior players as David Luiz also started over Andreas Christensen in central defence.

Chelsea have Premier League title advantage over Man City and Liverpool