From Kante to the kids, winners and losers as Chelsea beat Huddersfield

Chelsea players celebrate after scoring a goal

Tunde Eludini Chelsea players celebrate after scoring a goal

Former Napoli boss Sarri is expecting a rough early ride in the Chelsea hot-seat, but goals from N'Golo Kante, summer signing Jorginho and Pedro allayed fears of an opening-day upset.

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The signing of Jorginho from Napoli means that Kante will have fewer holding midfield responsibilities for the season ahead and the recent World Cup victor has been instructed to play further up the pitch in Sarri's new system.

Maurizio Sarri will be delighted to have kept hold of his main man during the transfer window and this performance will give all Chelsea fans encouragement for the rest of the season. Jorginho coolly converted the penalty. And it was a great display from the Brazil-born Italian worldwide.

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And while it nearly certainly wasn't Sarri's primary motivation for bringing in Jorginho, it is a shift that could be enormously positive.

As for Jorginho's spot-kick, he was made to look silly.

Kante will need to improve his finishing and his goal was fortunate. Under Sarri, they could be maximised. We have to improve in this month, then it might be hard with the national teams.

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.

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Barkley did not have a bad game against Huddersfield, but he did not make the most of one of the few competitive opportunities he may have to show his worth.

"He had the contract and it depended on Chelsea, but running close to the end of his contract, Chelsea had an interest to find a deal with Madrid, which they did".

At the same time, they did enough to unsettle Chelsea in attack, smartly deploying their numerous physical players and targeting Cesar Azpilicueta at right-back in particular.

Ahead of kick-off, Chelsea posted an image of the shirts of both their debutants - Kepa and Jorginho. Staying away from arguments over tactics would definitely help in that regard, though.

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