Huddersfield 0 vs. 3 Chelsea Review

Great start but much room for improvement.

Chelsea got off to a great start under Sarri with their first win of the season. The lineup was similar to the predicted except for the fact that Alonso kept his place ahead of Emerson, and Willian started ahead of Hudson-Odoi who was apparently injured in training. Chelsea got off to a slow start as they the game went back and forth between the two sides. Chelsea had a lot of the possession but could not handle Huddersfields formation who had gone for a 3-5-1-1. The opening goal came in the 34th minute after a cross from Willian was volleyed in by none other than Kante. The volley was not the most clinical but it showed that under Sarriball our midfielders would get several more chances to score. Jorginho added a second after Alonso was brought down in the box, his penalty was as cool as they come and his technique will baffle even the best. Chelsea went into half-time with a two goal lead although it did flatter to deceive. 

The second half started in a more positive note as Chelsea dominated play until around the 70th minute. Huddersfield began to open up and several chances were being created. Loftus-Cheek, Hazard, and were brought on around the 70th minute as Huddersfield were beginning to impose themselves on the game. Hazard had an instant impact and in the 80th minute broke through the Huddersfield midfield to pass into the path of Pedro who’s cool finish gave Chelsea their third and final goal of the day. Chelsea comfortably saw out the remaining game and went home with three points.

Kepa had a solid game without being challenged too much thereby adding his first clean sheet. The defence did well but the left hand side remains a slight problem area with David Luiz and Alonso being exposed by pace. Kante, and Jorginho were great while Barkley worked hard but lacked an end product. Morata did not score but worked hard throughout the game and if he continues to play in similar fashion the goals will come. Hazard was exceptional when he came on while Loftus-Cheek, and Moses did the simple things well. Three points, top of the table for now and onto Arsenal next Saturday, COME ON CHELSEA!!!.

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