Chelsea blank Huddersfield in Sarri's debut

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The World Cup victor started his first game under the tutelage of Maurizio Sarri against Huddersfield and proved to be the most unlikely goalscorer when he found the net 34 minutes into the trip to the John Smith Stadium with a bouncing side-foot volley with his weaker left peg.

"I have to know the characteristics of the players because I think I don't want to do another Naples", Sarri told reporters at his post-match press conference.

"The Bale I've met is happy and committed to the club. The best capacity was to suffer, but then I think the second half maybe they were exhausted".

The result propelled Chelsea to the summit of the league table while it looks like Huddersfield Town will have to fight tooth and nail to survive in the top-flight this year.

Sarri opted for a 4-5-1 formation, abandoning Conte's well-established system with three central defenders, and Chelsea struggled initially to get a foothold in the game.

A strike from World Cup victor N'Golo Kante, Jorginho's penalty on debut and a late goal for Pedro were enough to hand Maurizio Sarri a first win in the Premier League.

Jorginho followed Sarri from Napoli to Chelsea in the summer and the midfielder doubled the Blues' lead when he converted a penalty after Christopher Schindler fouled Marcos Alonso.

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He was also involved in the move to win the penalty, as Pedro started the attack, allowing Jorginho to feed it into Ross Barkley with a perfectly-weighted pass and the England worldwide flicked it into Marcos Alonso's path to earn the penalty.

Arsenal finished in sixth spot behind Chelsea FC last season to result in Arsene Wenger's exit following 22 seasons in charge.

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.

The winger, long linked with Real Madrid, made an impact after he entered with his dribbling ability immediately evident.

"Then in the best period which we had in the second half after 20-25 minutes where we hit the bar again, where we were unlucky, we conceded the third one and then at the end it was a deserved win for Chelsea".

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri insists that he is not looking to replicate his Napoli style at Stamford Bridge. Unusual, maybe. So now we are not at the top. I felt the energy in the stadium.

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