Maurizio Sarri hints at early Chelsea struggle

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Sarri, the 59-year-old Italian charged with resurrecting a Chelsea side which fell stagnant during the stewardship of former head coach Antonio Conte, started his Premiership career with a 3-0 win away to Huddersfield Town in the first round of games of the new English season this weekend.

"I have to respect the characteristics of the players, I have to adapt myself to the characteristics of the championship and of the players, so now I am studying my players". "If you see the result you think it was a very easy match but in the first half, it was very hard against physical opponents", He told the BBC.

"We had a very good first half, but we know that Chelsea, when you face a team like this, they are very clinical", Mounie said. "We have to be happy to do our best".

Huddersfield, too, can take heart from the performance, certainly in the first half.

The winger, long linked with Real Madrid, made an impact after he entered with his dribbling ability immediately evident. "The best capacity was to suffer, but then I think the second half maybe they were exhausted".

All three goals came in a frantic opening 20 minutes on Tyneside, with two headed goals for the north London team coming either side of Joselu's equaliser for Rafa Benitez's Newcastle.

"They had four or five chances and scored three goals and we were not able to use our chances".

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"It depends on me and the players".

"If we wanted to get something today, we had to be at our very best".

"We're happy because to be honest our pre-season games were not that good", Rudiger said. I had a lot of time to take care of me a year ago, so now I'm 100 per cent. "We tried and created some opportunities, but Hazard showed his top quality for the third".

"The second goal we conceded shortly before half-time is a goal which we should never concede".

Jorginho converted the penalty, a skip on his run-up leaving Hamer on his backside.

"Everybody, I could see tears in their eyes, and it delighted me very much because I had the feeling to do something not only for a deal, not only for a player, not only for my client, but also for a family, which is great".

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