Italy worldwide 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.
Vertonghen and Alli struck either side of Joselu's equaliser for the Magpies with all three goals coming in the first 18 minutes.
Sarri has backed Alvaro Morata to improve from a largely disappointing first season in English football and also has France World Cup victor Olivier Giroud to call upon, but conceded he would have relished the opportunity to work with Higuain again.
The good news is that Sarri is teaching well, says captain Cesar Azpilicueta.
Callum Hudson-Odoi was tipped to start after a bright preseason.
Despite putting up a staunch defence in the first half, they found themselves down 2-0 heading into half time and on the losing end of a 3-0 scoreline.
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There were questions over whether Huddersfield could keep things rolling after their achievement last season and they really didn't play badly, especially in the first half. I don't know. I arrived in the middle of July, so the problem was there. Sometimes describing the Frenchman as a defensive midfielder - even if that has been his primary role so far for Chelsea - feels like his extensive talents are being underplayed.
Undisturbed by the pressure and jeering of the Huddersfield fans, Jorginho calmly dispatched his penalty with a skip before striking the ball - a technique some at Chelsea will have already seen in their pre-season shootouts.
Substitutes: Caballero, Christensen, Zappacosta, Moses (N/A), Loftus-Cheek (7), Hazard (8), Giroud. Jorginho also impressed and Eden Hazard was typically brilliant when he came on in the second half. The Belgian winger was simply scintillating against Huddersfield when he came off the bench in the Blues' 3-0 win, away from home.
All afternoon Kante made smart, purposeful runs beyond the three forwards that, on more than one occasion, his colleagues frustratingly did not spot or pick them out. "They have to think too much". The team has to head to Manchester City next week.
It's a tricky start to the season, and after facing Cardiff on Matchday 3, Huddersfield then takes on Everton, Crystal Palace, Leicester, Tottenham, Burnley and Liverpool.