Chelsea began the 2018/2019 Premier league with a 3-0 victory over Huddersfield town, at West Yorkshire. Kante. Jorginho and Pedro were all on target in the encounter to ensure Sarri who has barely spent 28 days with the London club tasted his first league victory.
Chelsea had to dig deep to overcome stubborn Hudderfield defense in the first interval of the game, with Kante converting Willian’s cross while Jorginho scored from the spot after Marcos Alonso won a penalty for the club. Pedro wrapped up the victory in the second interval after a wonderful lay-off from star player Eden Hazard.
“I am really very happy because in the first part of the season I think that for us it is not easy to gain points,” the Chelsea boss said. “The first half was hard. If you look at the result, you can think about an easy game, but in the first half we were in trouble for 15 minutes against a very physical team. “We are not a physical team and I think the best of the game is the capacity of suffering for 15 minutes. “Then I think in the second half the opponents were a bit tired and it was easier.”
Kepa also made his debut for the club after his record £71 million summer mov from Athletic Bilbao.
“From the physical point of view, it’s different,” the Chelsea boss said, comparing the Premier League to Serie A. “For the referees, it is different. Really different. “Today with an Italian referee maybe there were 15 fouls more than with this referee.”
Asked if he can adopt Napoli’s style at Chelsea, Sarri said: “No, I have to know the characteristics of the players because I think I don’t want to do another Naples. “I want to do a good Chelsea. “I have to respect the characteristics of the players, I have to adapt myself to the characteristics of the championship and of the players, so now I am studying my players.”
Chelsea shifts attention to the arrival of Arsenal to Stamford Bridge next weekend.