Sarri admits £71 million Kepa is not at same level as Courtois

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"We are not a physical team so for 20 minutes we were in trouble but we did very well", Sarri said.

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.

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But having dealt with a series of crosses whipped into the box, Chelsea went ahead in the 34th minute when Willian's cross from the left found N'Golo Kante, whose shot squirted past goalkeeper Ben Hamer.

Sarri opted for a 4-5-1 formation, abandoning Conte's well-established system with three central defenders, and Chelsea struggled initially to get a foothold in the game.

Steve Mounie was agonisingly denied by the crossbar as Huddersfield created their fair share of opportunities in the first-half, but the Terriers lacked quality and a bit of fortune in the final third. On the second-half performance alone, Chelsea will be a lot of fun to watch this season.

Jorginho followed Sarri from Napoli to Chelsea in the summer and the midfielder doubled the Blues' lead when he converted a penalty after Christopher Schindler fouled Marcos Alonso. Rudiger is adjusting to partnering David Luiz in the heart of defence, and both men were more convincing against Huddersfield than they were against Manchester City in the Community Shield.

And in the first game of the season it brought some reward with the French World Cup victor scoring the opener against Huddersfield. "But today we can be more happy because we won the game".

It took us a while to get going, but once we did, Huddersfield didn't stand a chance.

"We have to improve to defend in the other half, to press against three defenders".

As we know, Kante is not known for scoring goals but he's kept up his record of scoring at least one goal in a Premier League season by getting off to a flyer this afternoon.

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