Things We Learned as Chelsea Dominated Huddersfield in Saturday's Premier League Opener

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He created Chelsea's third goal for Pedro just minutes after coming on and whilst Huddersfield were already a beaten side by that point, he ran riot and was at his sizzling best gliding past players.

The Frenchman appeared to have been instructed to venture further forward by the new boss in his only pre-season appearance for the Blues and has scored their first goal of the new Premier League season doing just that.

A strike from World Cup victor N'Golo Kante, Jorginho's penalty on debut and a late goal for Pedro were enough to hand Maurizio Sarri a first win in the Premier League.

An unlikely goalscorer, N'Golo Kante opened the scoring after 34 minutes with the Blues' first shot on target.

Alex Pritchard was a risky creative force in the final third, Steve Mounié came close on three occasions and hit the post with a close-range header just minutes after Kanté opened the scoring.

In a ruthless display of finishing Chelsea also netted with their second effort, new boy Jorginho coolly converting a penalty on the stroke of half-time after Marcos Alonso was felled inside the box.

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

"We started very well, on the front foot, and then the first goal came out of nothing". After Eden Hazard's introduction, he drove at the heart of the Huddersfield defence before passing to Pedro. France's World Cup victor scuffed a volley into the ground and it took a deflection, before looping into the corner.

"We have a quite good understanding", Rudiger added when asked about Luiz.

Barkley did not have a bad game against Huddersfield, but he did not make the most of one of the few competitive opportunities he may have to show his worth. They made Chelsea uncomfortable throughout the opening period, and new signing Terence Kongolo impressed at center-back.

"We will prepare for our matches and fight with him on our side". However, they will certainly need to be more clinical and penetrative if they are to build on last season's fine work.

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