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Maurizio Sarri reveals why Chelsea star left Stamford Bridge on deadline day

12 August 2018

Huddersfield had the better of play from that point and hit the inside of the post through a Steve Mounie header, but just before the break it was 2-0. Yet, they didn't test Chelsea debutant Kepa Arrizabagala almost enough.

Kante's new midfield partner Jorginho, a summer signing from Napoli, also got on the scoresheet.

WORST PLAYER - Overall, Chelsea played a good game and no one was exactly terrible, but Alvaro Morata did little to improve his prospects. Sarri was animated on the touchline, ordering his men to play at a quicker tempo.

When a team plays well but loses, it is sometimes hard to figure out if they have been wasteful or unlucky.

Also, Jorginho only misplaced four of his 66 attempted passes, recording an accuracy of 93.9% - the best of any player to start the match.

"Maybe the performances in the first part of the season will not be in line with the potential of the squad".

What should fill Chelsea supporters with great confidence is the high cross Kepa took just after they had gone two goals up. "The best thing for him was to play 15-20 minutes when the opposition was exhausted".

Huddersfield: Hamer 7, Hadergjonaj 7, Schindler 6, Zanka 5, Kongolo 5, Mooy 5, Hogg 6, Billing 6, Pritchard 6, Lowe 5, Mounie 6.

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Starting XI: Arrizabalaga (7), Alonso (8), David Luiz (9), Rüdiger (8), Azpilicueta (8), Barkley (6), Jorginho (7), Kante (9), Willian (8), Morata (6), Pedro (8).

Substitutes: Caballero, Christensen, Zappacosta, Moses (N/A), Loftus-Cheek (7), Hazard (8), Giroud.

The midfielder, who joined manager Maurizio Sarri in moving from Napoli in July, scored in the 45th minute to help usher in the new era at Chelsea. The Blues work it wide to Willian, he creates space for a cross with a couple of step-overs, finding Kante who slices his effort into the corner of the net. Kepa beaten but Chelsea survive!

45' - GOAL! Huddersfield 0-2 Chelsea: Two shots on target, two goals from Chelsea. This time Rudiger flicks on the delivery to set up Alonso but his acrobatic effort smashes against the woodwork. The Belgian winger was simply scintillating against Huddersfield when he came off the bench in the Blues' 3-0 win, away from home. Executed by Hazard, finished by Pedro.

MF Jorginho, 8 - Chelsea's new midfield general looked composed and creative throughout as he confidently played give-and-go football with his teammates.

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.

Pedro applied the finishing touch after Hazard accelerated forward with objective before unselfishly teeing up the Spaniard, who was cool and collected before lifting the ball over the onrushing Hamer, watching it trickle into the corner.

Maurizio Sarri reveals why Chelsea star left Stamford Bridge on deadline day