Sarri not aiming to repeat Napoli formula at Chelsea

Ross Houston
August 12, 2018

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri made a winning start to life in the Premier League as his team enjoyed a 3-0 win over Huddersfield Town at the John Smith's Stadium on Saturday.

Courtois, 26, said he wanted to move to be closer to his children in Madrid and did not return to Stamford Bridge after playing for his side in the World Cup.

As well as brilliantly setting up the third goal of the afternoon for Pedro, the winger also embarked on a mazy run that took five Huddersfield players to stop him.

Speaking on Chelsea's new goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Sarri added, "Fundamentally, the club was very open, we signed a great goalkeeper to replace another great one".

Jorginho then whispered something to Hazard that caused the Belgian to burst out laughing.

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Jorginho's arrival saw N'Golo Kante move into a slightly more advanced role, and while he adapted characteristically well, popping up at the back post to volley home the opener in the 34th minute, Chelsea struggled to play through midfield.

With Conte having now departed west London, new Blues boss Maurizio Sarri is looking to put his own stamp on a squad inherited from a fellow Italian.

He further stated: "The coach is trying to help us every single day to learn quickly his philosophy".

"We fought hard and they deserve full credit because the mentality was incredible".

'Maybe for Napoli in the previous year it wouldn't have been a problem but for Chelsea, with some of the players only having had three days of training, it was a problem'. I have to adapt myself to the characteristics of this championship and of (my) players. I saw our spirit, togetherness and good attitude today, which is what we will need to be competitive this season.

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. But I think we did have a lot of unlucky situations. I had a lot of time to take care of me previous year, so now I'm 100 per cent.

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