Maurizio Sarri is only just starting to shape his new Chelsea team the way that he wants it but on days like this when they just have too much quality for their opposition the Italian manager might wonder whether it even matters.
They were not always dominant but Chelsea were decisive in the game’s critical moments, put two goals up before half-time when Jorginho stroked a penalty past Ben Hamer and from there it was hard to see a way back. N’Golo Kante had scored only his third league goal of his Chelsea career earlier in the half and when later after the break Eden Hazard came on, it was just too much for Huddersfield Town.
Hamer and the substitute Adama Diakhaby were the only debutants in David Wagner’s new-look Huddersfield team. In goal for Chelsea, the £71 million man Kepa Arrizabalaga barely had a save to make and in front of him Jorginho was impressive. There was another start for Ross Barkley, although Hazard’s cameo at the end served notice as to who the main man is.
A surging run from inside his own half by the Belgian had Huddersfield back-pedalling and using Alvaro Morata as a decoy, Hazard slipped the ball right for Pedro to score the third. Huddersfield had been frenetic in their attacking and tenacious in midfield, but with very little finesse. When Chelsea’s attacking stars got to run at them the home side found themselves opened up very quickly.
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