Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa already vocal presence on pitch - Antonio Rudiger

Paul Merson has made his Premier League predictions for the opening weekend

The Italian's style of quick-passing, high-pressure football became known as "Sarri-ball" at Napoli, where he led the club to two second-place finishes in Serie A in three years.

"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", Sarri said.

"The game was more hard than the result".

We can expect plenty of adorableness from the Italy global in the coming months, not only because of the very good boy on his shinpads but also because of his relationship with his mother. "But then I think the second half the opponents were maybe a bit exhausted, and it was a bit easier". This would have been one for Huddersfield, but it is still early.

Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri's decision to implement a 4-3-3 system has presented many in his squad with new positional challenges.

It was Huddersfield's only shot on target in the opening period, but Kepa was relieved to see a Steve Mounie header off the post and eventually get cleared from danger.

The Terriers were then dealt a major blow just before half-time when Chelsea were awarded a penalty for Christopher Schindler's sliding tackle on Marcos Alonso.

Jorginho's penalty raised eyebrows and delighted neutrals, the former Napoli midfielder deceiving goalkeeper Ben Hamer with a skip in his run-up before rolling the ball home.

Sarri also said he will continue to be cautious with Hazard, who looked a long way short of full fitness.

Chelsea were found wanting in last week's Community Shield defeat to Manchester City, but proved too good for Huddersfield despite leaving World Cup stars Eden Hazard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Olivier Giroud on the bench.

"In the first half we started on the front foot, where we really wanted to be active", he said.

Courtois missed at least two days of training with new manager Maurizio Sarri before he competed a move to Real Madrid.

"A disappointing result, not a disappointing performance, especially the first half", Wagner said. I have to adapt myself to the characteristics of this championship and of (my) players.



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