Eden Hazard On Bench - Chelsea Team vs Huddersfield Confirmed

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FW Willian, 8 - Willian has also come in for unnecessary criticism from sections of Chelsea's support in recent weeks but, like Alonso, his contribution was pivotal when he assisted Kante's goal following a clever run.

World Cup victor Kante's untidy 34th-minute volley and Jorginho's audacious penalty on the stroke of halftime put Chelsea in control before Pedro wrapped up the points in the closing stages.

Kante is already recognised as one of the better midfielders in Europe for his ability to appear in many places at one time defensively.

But, given all he's said since moving to Stamford Bridge, Sarri is purely concerned with coaching and is looking to stamp an identity on his new squad as quickly as possible - and not necessarily the one from his last job.

Winger Pedro scored the goal of the day, capping off an unstoppable finish after substitute Eden Hazard had launched a quality counter, surging half the length of the field before finding his unmarked teammate on 80 minutes.

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

The Cottagers, promoted after winning the play-off final at Wembley, had produced a positive first half, but went behind when Jeffrey Schlupp drilled in a left-foot shot on 41 minutes.

"Then I think in the second half the opponents were a bit exhausted and it was easier".

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"This was a goal that was easily avoidable because we have spoken about this situation the whole week, how we like to defend, and we have seen we have to be switched on".

"We are not a physical team so for 20 minutes we were in trouble but we did very well", Sarri said.

Huddersfield boss David Wagner accepted his side were roundly outplayed, highlighting defensive errors as contributing to a heavy home loss.

"Then we were 2-0 down after I think a good half and I think second half we started very slow, we were shocked".

Chelsea fans will be greeted with a first glimpse of Kepa Arrizabalaga in goal, with Maurizio Sarri handing the most expensive goalkeeper in the world a start against Huddersfield. We made too many mistakes and missed our chances.

"And I think the good thing about it, you look at Man City and you look at Liverpool". He took responsibility for the penalty won by Alonso and the cool, clinical manner in which he scored suggests he may get further opportunities even when regular taker Hazard is on the pitch. "The best capacity was to suffer, but then I think the second half maybe they were exhausted".

"I don't know, he has always kicked the penalty like this", Sarri shrugged.

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