Analysis

Sarri: Positive points

Maurizio Sarri saw many reasons to be happy as the Blues kicked off the Premier League season with an impressive 3-0 win over Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

Our head coach had praise for David Luiz, who made his 200th appearance for the club, starting alongside Toni Rudiger in the centre of a four-man rearguard.

‘I enjoy very much his attitude, then he is also a very good player, a very good defender,’ said Sarri of the Brazilian. ‘He is very good to build up the action from defence.

‘If you are a good defender you can play in a three-man defensive line and a four-man defensive line. I think he will be very useful for us – on the pitch and in the dressing room.’

Although Alvaro Morata did not get his name on the scoresheet, Sarri believes our number 29 is improving and admitted that he required more from our front men after being surprised at the way Huddersfield lined up.

‘Against Huddersfield I think he was better than in pre-season,’ said the Italian. ‘He needs to score, but every striker in the world needs to score.

‘In the first half we had a problem pressing against their three defenders and it was a surprise for us because in pre-season Huddersfield had played 4-2-3-1, so this was their first time with three defenders and I had some problem in the first part of the game because of this.’

Sarri was impressed with N’Golo Kante, who marked playing in a slightly more advanced role by scoring the opening goal to set us on the way to victory.

‘He is playing like a centre right-midfielder and I am very happy for the performance of Kante, especially when I think he only arrived with us on Monday,’ he enthused. ‘I am really very impressed.’

As for the prospect of losing any of our players before the transfer window closes in Europe at the end of the month, he said: ‘They have to stay here. In England the window is closed, so for us it is impossible to change players in this moment.’
 

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