Kepa not at Courtois' level yet - Sarri looking to manage Chelsea expectations

Kepa not at Courtois' level yet - Sarri looking to manage Chelsea expectations

Kepa not at Courtois' level yet - Sarri looking to manage Chelsea expectations

There was another development in the form of Cesar Azpilicueta leading the side out as captain, albeit not permanent, yet he's likely to continue in the role under Sarri.

But Real's power-brokers are desperate for Hazard to replace superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, who left for Juventus last month.

The new head coach was helped by a returning World Cup victor and a new signing.

"In the first half we started on the front foot, where we really wanted to be active", he said.

World Cup victor Kante's untidy 34th-minute volley and Jorginho's audacious penalty on the stroke of halftime put Chelsea in control before Pedro wrapped up the points in the closing stages. Playing under a new coach in Maurizio Sarri and reverting to a back four in a new system, there were always going to be some chinks to work out. Their hosts were awkward opponents last season but, this time, they will be the better prepared of the two sides. "But I have to adapt myself on the characteristics of the players, and not vice versa". "Then in the second half the opponents were a bit exhausted and it was easier".

GK Kepa Arrizabalaga, 7 - Making his debut just three days after signing for a club-record fee, there were questions about his familiarity with Sarri's style of play and the defence in front of him, but the 23-year old looked assured in goal and a confidence-boosting clean sheet came easily enough. Chelsea were strong today, but I don't think we've shown too much respect. He will now play a key role in the west London outfit's season and can hopefully win more titles with them. Alex Pritchard and Steven Mounie combined well at times in the first half, but produced few clear-cut chances.

"So I hope he can improve very fast".

Had Mounie levelled with Huddersfield 1-0 down, rather than heading against the post after Mathias Jorgensen had flicked on Aaron Mooy's corner, perhaps Sarri's afternoon would have been far more uncomfortable.

One striker who will not be scoring goals for Chelsea this season is Michy Batshuayi, who has joined Valencia on a season-long loan. "In this moment we are not at the top of our potential but we had the capacity to suffer for 20 minutes in the first half".

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