Full Time / Huddersfield 0-3 Chelsea: Jorginho helps get Sarri off the mark

Maurizio Sarri's first competitive win in charge of Chelsea came after goals from N'Golo Kante, Jorginho and Pedro at Huddersfield Town.

Full Time / Huddersfield 0-3 Chelsea: Jorginho helps get Sarri off the mark

Maurizio Sarri's first competitive win in charge of Chelsea came after goals from N'Golo Kante, Jorginho and Pedro at Huddersfield Town.

11 August 2018 Saturday 16:50
Full Time / Huddersfield 0-3 Chelsea: Jorginho helps get Sarri off the mark

Jorginho marked his Premier League debut with a goal as Chelsea kicked off their campaign with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Huddersfield Town at the John Smith's Stadium.

Italy international Jorginho passed home a fearless penalty in the 45th minute as Maurizio Sarri earned his first competitive win at the helm after his team went down to Manchester City in the Community Shield last weekend, while fellow debutant and the world's most expensive goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga started with a clean sheet.

Jorginho, who followed Sarri's path from Napoli for a reported £50million, added to the opener from World Cup-winning midfielder N'Golo Kante, who returned as one of three changes to the team that lost to City.

Huddersfield struggled to test Kepa in his first outing since joining from Athletic Bilbao for £72m as Chelsea dominated the second period, with Pedro adding the gloss after a brilliant counter-attack launched by substitute Eden Hazard.

Chelsea were lacking dynamism and conviction as Huddersfield sat deep and proved difficult to break down, but Pedro's driving run and pass out to Willian enabled the Brazilian to pick out Kante, who scuffed a left-footed volley into the ground and inside the far post in the 34th minute.

Huddersfield were a persistent threat from crosses into the box and they went close to an equaliser when Steve Mounie headed Mathias Jorgensen's flick-on against the inside of the upright.

But Chelsea again punctuated a strong spell for the hosts with a goal, Jorginho sitting debutant Ben Hamer down with a skip in his run-up for an incredibly cool spot-kick after Christopher Schindler caught Marcos Alonso at the end of a neat move from the Blues.

The Blues were the sole aggressors in the second half and, after Hamer parried a header from Antonio Rudiger behind, Alonso sent an acrobatic effort against the crossbar in the 58th minute.

Hazard came on for Willian for just his second outing since the World Cup and poked a pass through the legs of Terence Kongolo for Pedro to lift Chelsea's third beyond Hamer and round off a routine win.

What it means: Chelsea getting there ... slowly

More flashes of what Chelsea fans can expect from 'Sarri-ball' would have been anticipated and they received a brilliant example when Ross Barkley flicked Jorginho's pass into the run of Alonso, who won the penalty from Schindler. After looking aimless for long periods in the first half they were much improved in the second, with more Hazard involvement likely to take them up a gear.

Pat on the back: Jorginho gets Blues ticking

After a frustrating debut against City, Jorginho produced a fine display at the base of Chelsea's midfield. The Italy international barely misplaced a pass and orchestrated the visitors' approach by keeping himself open and barking out orders. The return of the industrious Kante no doubt helped him focus on the areas he excels in.

Boot up the backside: Morata goes MIA

A persistent and troublesome back injury stymied a strong start to Alvaro Morata's Chelsea career, but he showed no sign of turning around the form that has seen him net just once in the Premier League this year. In Sarri's 4-3-3 he struggles to link up with his team-mates and often cuts an isolated figure in the final third. He will have World Cup-winning team-mate Olivier Giroud breathing down his neck if he does not step things up quickly.

What's next

Chelsea welcome Arsenal to Stamford Bridge in the standout Premier League fixture of next weekend, while things do not get any easier for Huddersfield - they head to reigning champions City.

Sarri will certainly be pleased with how his side performed in the second half, and how much quicker their attacking moves were. Unsurprisingly, Hazard made a big impact after coming off the substitutes' bench, while the likes of Rudiger, Kante and Alonso also impressed.

It's a bruising opening weekend defeat for Huddersfield, who were second best from start to finish and never looked like avoiding defeat. Chelsea weren't at their best during the first half but were much better on the break, and they were comfortably able to keep their struggling opponents at bay before Pedro wrapped up the win.


90' + 3' Huddersfield are presented with one final opportunity to carve out a chance on goal, but once again they're unable to do so as Depoitre fails to latch onto a cross from Hadergjonaj. That should be that.

90' + 1' Morata goes close! Chelsea move the ball around really well as Hazard embarks on yet another great run, and Morata then unleashes a thumping strike that is deflected just wide of the near post.

90' The fourth official has indicated that there will be three minutes of added time.

88' With only two minutes of normal time remaining, Chelsea are understandably content to patiently knock the ball around as they run down the clock. It's been a really tough afternoon for Huddersfield, who have struggled at both ends of the pitch.

86' The set-piece is woefully executed, as the attempted cross sails over everyone inside the Chelsea box and out for a throw-in on the opposite flank. Huddersfield really haven't been at their best today.

85' Huddersfield push forward on an attack of their own and win a free-kick in a decent position. Mooy steps up and curls a cross over to the far post, where Alonso does well to nod the ball behind for a corner.

84' It's Hazard who steps up and shoots, but his strike is fired straight into the wall of players camped in front of him and Huddersfield manage to hold on.

83' Hazard embarks on another spectacular run through the middle of the pitch before being clumsily fouled by Kongolo just outside of the penalty area. Can Chelsea make it 4-0?

81' Pedro receives a rousing round of applause from the Chelsea fans as he's replaced by Moses.

80' That really was a wonderful piece of skill from Hazard. The Belgian embarked on a sublime run through the middle of the pitch before perfectly finding Pedro in front of goal.

80' GOAL! It's 3-0 to Chelsea! Hazard embarks on a wonderful run through the middle of the pitch before poking the ball over to Pedro. The Spaniard then breaks into the box and nonchalantly chips a lovely strike over the onrushing Hamer and into the back of the net.

79' Another decent cross is fired into the Chelsea penalty area and manages to find Depoitre, who gets a head on the ball but sends a tame effort straight into the hands of Kepa.

77' A clever touch from Morata sees him get the better of Jorgensen as he powers towards the Huddersfield penalty area. He then tries to take on Schindler, but the defender stands firm and wins back possession for the home side.

76' Sarri has decided to put Hazard on for the final 15 minutes, with Willian making way.

75' Hadergjonaj bursts down the right wing on a great run before cutting a clever pass back to Depoitre. The striker quickly shoots, but his effort is a rushed one and clears the crossbar by quite some distance.

73' Huddersfield seem to have been lifted by Diakhaby's introduction, and they push forward before winning themselves a free-kick. Mooy's cross is a good one and picks out Billing, who then forces Kepa into making a save. The referee doesn't spot it, though, and instead awards a goal-kick to Chelsea.

71' Huddersfield have brought on new signing Diakhaby to replace Lowe. It looks as if they're going to switch to a back four.

70' Mooy battles his way towards the Chelsea penalty area before setting up Mounie, but the striker is quickly closed down and fails to get a shot away before being dispossessed.

69' Depoitre receives the ball as Huddersfield try to quickly counter-attack, but he's immediately clattered into by Luiz and the Brazilian leaves the referee with no choice but to book him.

68' Chelsea have decided to make their first change of the game, with Barkley making way for Loftus-Cheek.

67' Huddersfield need to do something different if they're to find a way back into the game. Bringing on Depoitre made sense but a lack of creativity has left both he and Mounie on the fringes of the action. So far, it's been a very comfortable second half for Chelsea.

65' Morata is clumsily fouled from behind by Kongolo and wins Chelsea a free-kick in a really dangerous position 25 yards away from goal. It's Alonso who steps up and shoots, but the Spaniard's strike is overhit and fails to trouble Hamer.

63' Willian quickly cuts inside from the left wing and shoots from the edge of the box, but his strike is blocked and deflects behind for a corner. The Blues aren't able to make it count, and Huddersfield comfortably hold on.

62' With Pritchard off the pitch and two strikers up front, Huddersfield are having to go direct as they try to find a way back into the game. That's evident by the fact that Hamer has passed the ball more than any other home player, with the majority of those being fired into the Chelsea half of the pitch.

60' Mooy is clumsily fouled from behind by Barkley, resulting in a free-kick for Huddersfield in a decent position. The Australian sends a cross into the box, but it's poorly hit and bounces behind for a goal-kick.

58' Alonso hits the bar! Huddersfield struggle to defend another corner, and this time it's Alonso who pulls off an acrobatic overhead kick that beats Hamer and smashes the woodwork. So close!

57' Rudiger goes close! Alonso manages to keep the ball in play over on the left flank before trying to pick out Morata, who loses out to Schindler but wins Chelsea a corner. It's fired into the penalty area and finds Rudiger, whose downward header is well saved by Hamer.

55' As was the case for the majority of the first half, Chelsea are comfortably dominating possession but aren't doing enough with it. They're moving the ball around too slowly, and it seems to be frustrating Sarri.

53' Poor decision-making by Pedro! The Spaniard charges through the middle of the pitch and gets himself into a great position on the edge of the box. He then tries to tee up Morata but sees his pass easily blocked. Kante was all alone to his right and really should have been set up instead!

52' The home side try to go long once again after bringing an end to an attempted Chelsea attack, but this time Mounie can only nod the ball out of play after managing to latch onto it in a decent area of the pitch.

50' Huddersfield have the opportunity to push forward on their first attacking move of the second half after winning back possession, but Schindler's pass over to the left flank is poorly hit and sails out of play for a throw-in.

48' Hamer is put under pressure and has to fire the ball out for a throw-in over on the left wing. Chelsea move the ball around patiently before Barkley breaks into the box, where he's well marshalled by the Huddersfield defenders.

46' Huddersfield have made a switch during the half-time break, and it's an interesting one, with Pritchard making way for Depoitre.

46' We're underway once again!

Despite being 2-0 down, Huddersfield have caused several problems for their opponents. Pritchard has certainly been their standout performer so far, while Mounie has made a real nuisance of himself inside the penalty area, resulting in him hitting the woodwork with a bullet header.

Chelsea haven't been entirely convincing so far but they nonetheless head into the half-time break with a two-goal lead under their belts. They've been slightly shaky at the back and not at their most fluid going forward, but it's going to take something really special from Huddersfield to get them back into the game in the second half.


45' + 2' Huddersfield push forward over on the right flank and almost carve out a late chance on goal, but Kepa is just about able to get hold of Mooy's cross after being put under plenty of pressure.

45' GOAL! Jorginho steps up and calmly slots a low shot into the bottom right-hand corner of the net to double Chelsea's lead.

44' Schindler is also shown a yellow card for his poorly timed challenge on Alonso, which has presented Chelsea with a great chance to make it 2-0.

43' PENALTY! After a period on the back foot, Chelsea work the ball around well and push forward on a dangerous attacking move. Alonso breaks into the box and looks to shoot after linking up nicely with Barkley, but he's fouled by Schindler and the referee immediately points to the spot.

41' Pritchard gets the better of Luiz as he embarks on a great run down the right flank. He heads towards the byline and chips a cross into the middle of the box, where Azpilicueta clears the danger - albeit unconvincingly.

39' A cross-field pass from Lowe picks out Hadergjonaj, who then wins a free-kick after being fouled by Alonso. Lowe's curling cross is a good one but it's slightly too high for Mounie to reach.

38' Mounie hits the post! Pritchard, who has been Huddersfield's best player so far, muscles his way down the right wing and wins the hosts a corner. It's whipped into the box and flicked on to Mounie, who beats Kepa with his headed effort but sends it onto the woodwork.

36' Pedro makes a run into the penalty area as he tries to latch onto a chipped pass from Luiz, but Hamer is easily able to read the flight of the ball and collects it ahead of the Spaniard.

34' That was good play by Willian, who hasn't convinced so far but did well to get a cross into the box. Huddersfield won't be pleased with their defending, mind, as they left far too much space available before Hamer was easily wrong-footed.

34' Assist Willian Borges da Silva

34' GOAL! Chelsea have taken the lead! Willian cuts inside from the left flank and fires a dangerous cross into the penalty area, where Kante unleashes a slightly scuffed shot that bounces past Hamer and into the far corner.

32' Huddersfield go close! Azpilicueta is bullied off the ball by Billing, allowing the Dane to set up Pritchard to cross. The midfielder's pass is a good one and picks out Mounie, but the striker fails to make decent contact with the ball in front of goal.

31' A wonderful pass from Luiz flies deep into the Huddersfield half of the pitch and sets up Willian, but the Brazilian's first touch is poor and sends the ball out of play before he can chip a cross towards Morata.

29' Hadergjonaj tries to carve out some space for himself out wide as he charges down the right flank and towards a well hit long pass, but Kepa does well to read the danger once again and is there to meet the ball first.

27' What a tackle by Kongolo! Willian breaks through the middle of the pitch and looks set to enter the box and shoot, but Kongolo is there to dispossess the Brazilian with a brilliantly timed sliding challenge.

26' Pritchard is down on the ground once again, but the referee isn't interested in the coming together between the midfielder and Luiz. Billing is then able to get another shot away, but it's overhit and clears the crossbar.

24' Chance for Billing! Nervy defending from Chelsea almost results in an opportunity for Pritchard, but he's brought down by Luiz before he can shoot. Billing then gets a scuffed shot away, but only after the referee awards a free-kick to Chelsea for the earlier incident.

22' Barkley, who hasn't seen much of the ball so far, is brought into the game in a decent position and looks set to shoot, but his first touch lets him down and he loses his footing before he's able to do so.

20' Chelsea aren't able to fully clear the danger and allow Huddersfield to push back forward. Pritchard is this time able to shoot from the edge of the box, but his effort is sent straight into the hands of Kepa.

19' Hadergjonaj breaks down the right wing once again and sends a good pass into the penalty area, where it finds Pritchard. The midfielder brings the ball down well and tries to shoot, but Luiz is there to dispossess him at the vital moment.

18' Chelsea finally lose possession and Huddersfield are able to push forward themselves. A lofted pass is fired down the right wing and into the path of Hadergjonaj, but it's overhit and the wing-back loses out to Alonso.

16' Huddersfield were pressing well at the start of the game but are now sitting deep as they try to keep Chelsea at bay. The Blues haven't been great in possession so far but will surely find a way through sooner rather than later if the hosts fail to put them under enough pressure.

14' Chelsea are seeing plenty of the ball at the moment but they're struggling to do a great deal with it. Once again they get themselves into a good position only for a misplaced pass from Jorginho to go straight to Jorgensen on the edge of the box.

12' A quick break from Huddersfield looks as if it's going to result in a chance on goal, but Pritchard rushes his cross ever so slightly and can't pick out Mounie, who was the only player up with him.

10' Chelsea quickly move the ball around as they try to find a way through the Huddersfield back line. They're unable to do so, though, as the home side remain compact and do well to win back possession.

8' More good play by Huddersfield off the ball results in a throw in over on the right wing. It's launched into the penalty area by Billing and almost comes to a team-mate in front of goal, but Chelsea are just about able to clear the danger.

6' Huddersfield don't look as if they're going to sit back and soak up the pressure. They're already pressing high up the pitch in an attempt to make life difficult for Chelsea, which they've already managed to do on a few occasions.

4' Morata goes close! A poor clearance from Hamer causes all sorts of problems for Huddersfield, allowing Chelsea to break forward on a quick counter-attack. The ball is worked up to Morata, who spins and fires a low shot just wide of the far post before being flagged offside.

3' After a relatively even start from both sides, it's Chelsea who push forward on the first attacking move of the afternoon. Decent passing brings Morata into the game on the edge of the box, but a poor ball out wide can only find a Huddersfield defender.

1' We're off! It's Chelsea, playing in their yellow away kit, who get us underway.

Is it set to be another impressive performance in West Yorkshire from Willian? The Brazilian was involved in all three of Chelsea’s goals as they won 3-1 in this fixture last season, scoring one and assisting the other two.

As for Chelsea, Hazard is only able to be named on the substitutes’ bench, with Willian and Pedro starting either side of Morata. Newly signed goalkeeper Kepa is straight into the side, while Barkley will once again feature from the start in the heart of midfield.

The most notable inclusion in the Huddersfield starting 11 is Hamer, the former Leicester goalkeeper who was signed in the summer. Lossl didn’t enjoy the best of pre-season campaigns, and it looks as if Hamer has been presented with an opportunity to stake a claim for a regular starting spot. Meanwhile, fellow new signgs Diakhaby, Sobhi and Stankovic are all on the bench.

The big news is that Kepa does start for Chelsea, so Rob Green doesn’t get a go. Or Willy Caballero. Ross Barkley gets a chance, a big chance. Eden Hazard is on the bench, which freezes out Callum Hudson-Odoi, a little disappointingly.


Huddersfield v Chelsea

Huddersfield: Hamer, Jorgensen, Schindler, Kongolo, Hadergjonaj, Mooy, Hogg, Billing, Lowe, Pritchard, Mounie. 

Subs: Lossl, Smith, Diakhaby, Sobhi, van La Parra, Depoitre, Stankovic. 

Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger, Alonso, Barkley, Kante, Jorginho, Willian, Morata, Pedro. 

Subs: Hazard, Loftus-Cheek, Caballero, Moses, Giroud, Zappacosta, Christensen. 

Referee: Chris Kavanagh (Lancashire) 

Updated: 13.08.2018 22:02
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