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Maurizio Sarri anticipates early season 'problems' before Chelsea reach full potential

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Kristopher Love | 12 August, 2018, 14:58

Chelsea started the first-half with the same languid approach that had optimised their pre-season, lacking any pace and incisiveness on the turn, instead reverting to an impassive and disjointed accumulation of short five-yard balls and careless clearances.

But German defender Rudiger was pleased the Spaniard's first appearance passed without incident following Thibault Courtois' controversial departure.

"It's better that he plays with us than against us, which is why I told him to stay".

"We have to improve to defend in the other half, to press against three defenders".

The Belgium goalkeeper left Chelsea for Real Madrid earlier this week in a £38million move, with the Premier League club going on to break the world record in bringing in his replacement Kepa Arrizabalaga.

If Sarri wants to make changes during the course of the game then he can look to his bench, where options available include Eden Hazard and Olivier Giroud. I saw our spirit, togetherness and good attitude today, which is what we will need to be competitive this season.

Eden Hazard wasn't even involved much in the game, coming on late in the second half to gain some match fitness ahead of Arsenal next week.

"It's not always easy to adapt because it's a new style of play, but I think we did well". We have to move the ball faster.

In a tense first half, Chelsea took the lead through N'Golo Kante after a quick counter-attack and Jorginho doubled their advantage just before half-time from the penalty spot.

Christopher Schindler's sliding challenge on Marcos Alonso was deemed illegal by Kavanagh and Jorginho craftily waited for Hamer to commit before clipping his spot kick into the opposite corner.

"The second goal we conceded shortly before half-time is a goal which we should never concede".

"We started very well, on the front foot, and then the first goal came out of nothing".

"Liverpool have spent so much money and the way that Man City dominated it past year, expectations are on them a little bit more".

Huddersfield were a persistent threat from crosses into the box and they went close to an equaliser when Steve Mounie headed Mathias Jorgensen's flick-on against the inside of the upright.