Kepa not at Courtois' level yet - Sarri looking to manage Chelsea expectations

Alberto Aquilani Liverpool

Sarri's Chelsea beat Huddersfield 3-0 on Saturday in the Italian's first taste of Premier League football.

The Blues cruised to a 3-0 win at Huddersfield thanks to goals from N'Golo Kante, Jorginho and Pedro.

Here are the winners and losers from the match.

Huddersfield could have been a baptism of fire for Sarri and the likes of Kepa Arrizabalaga, who this week became the most expensive goalkeeper in history.

And in the first game of the season it brought some reward with the French World Cup victor scoring the opener against Huddersfield.

FW Pedro, 8 - Linked up well with Azpilicueta in forward passages of play and was the main beneficiary when Hazard came on as he latched onto a pass from the Belgian global to smartly score the final goal. "I have seen passion, desire, the spirit we usually have in our game". We did it better in the second, there was more space and time.

But it already seems that Sarri is regretting not signing the Argentinean following another Morata blank against Huddersfield.

But the Spaniard just looked a yard off pace from the start with sloppy passing and some poor first touches.

The striker needs a goal to get his confidence up or both he and Chelsea may suffer.

Sarri says that the next month will be crucial in determining the success of his team adapting to a new system, before Europa League and Carabao Cup games start to pile up.

"It was Chelsea's first chance more or less out of nothing and then we conceded the penalty, where we clearly made a big mistake". Debutant Jorginho stepped up and coolly dispatched after a slow approach. "On the results. Maybe the performances in the first part of the season will not be in line with the potential of the squad".

Kepa completed a world-record 80-million-euro switch from Athletic Bilbao on Thursday as a replacement for Courtois, who joined Real Madrid.

It was telling that Chelsea's first two goals came from their only two shots on target in the first half, and that one of those was a penalty, awarded for Christopher Schindler's foul on Marcos Alonso after a nice flick from Ross Barkley. They made Chelsea uncomfortable throughout the opening period, and new signing Terence Kongolo impressed at center-back.

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