Chelsea Match Report

The fervour and excitement of last week's blog posts felt somewhat foolish at around 4.30pm on Saturday afternoon. New Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri had just witnessed his new side cruise to an emphatic 3-0 win over Huddersfield Town at the John Smith's Stadium.


Ben Hamer beaten from the spot

Chelsea's brand-new signing Kepa Arrizabalaga barely had a save to make on his debut, and is yet to justify his world-record £71.6 million price-tag. Town applied some element of pressure to the Chelsea goal in the opening 20 minutes, but the best they had to show for it was a tame shot from Alex Pritchard that went straight into the 'keepers hands.


After that warning Chelsea shifted from second to third gear in a matter of moments, with N'Golo Kante scrappily finishing off a flowing move to send the visitors into the lead. Steve Mounie responded for Town, thundering an effort against the woodwork when he was well placed to score.


Shortly after Chelsea strengthened their grip on the game when a questionable penalty was awarded despite Christopher Schindler looking to have got a foot to the ball. Jorginho dispatched the subsequent penalty with ease and the game suddenly became out of reach for Town.


The Match 2018

The second-half had an air of a pre-season friendly to it with Chelsea slowing down the pace of the game and Town looking completely devoid of ideas. It would have been beneficial to Town had they tested Chelsea's new keeper with more long shots and crosses into the box, but Wagner's men took a more conservative approach.


Pedro added the gloss to the scoreline for the visitors when he fired home ten minutes from time to seal the 3-0 win. David Wagner and his coaching staff have been left with plenty to think about after the defeat and face a tough ask next week when they meet Manchester City at the Etihad.


Signings


Many Town fans travelled to the John Smith's on Saturday in eager anticipation of seeing some of the Summer's new acquisitions. However, there was only one new signing on show for Town and that was Ben Hamer.


Otherwise the team resembled the one that finished last season, as Wagner set-up his team in much the same defensive manner as he did at Stamford Bridge last season. And that was a disappointment for fans, as the industry of Mbenza and Diakhaby would have been appreciated.


The Match 2018

Underdogs


David Wagner was relaxed in his post-match interview, saying the result was to be expected and further emphasizing the clubs underdog status. Although there is truth to Wagner's assertion, he must now focus on making his charges capable of competing with the wealthier clubs in the division.

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