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Tanya Simon
August 12, 2018

Maurizio Sarri made a winning start as a Premier League manager as his Chelsea side produced a dominant performance to win at Huddersfield Town.

Courtois, 26, said he wanted to move to be closer to his children in Madrid and did not return to Stamford Bridge after playing for his side in the World Cup. "We have to be happy to do our best". However, if you're planning to bet on Luiz's departure, you should be aware that the defender, which was re-signed by Chelsea in 2016, is hoping to make a solid comeback into the team.

Both of the England internationals face a battle to impress Sarri, although neither is pushing for a switch elsewhere.

N'Golo Kante finished off a fine move to give the Blues the lead against Huddersfield, then Jorginho got his first goal for the club from the penalty spot, before Pedro put the game beyond doubt with a dinked finish late on.

But while he said he was very happy to take three points, Sarri said that he hopes to get his players more in tune with his ideas before global commitments and the Europa League begin to disrupt Chelsea's schedule.

The first goal of the Sarri era came after 33 minutes from the unexpected source of Kante, who scored for the first time in 11 months with his third league goal for the club.

"I think the players have done everything, left everything on the grass".

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The tennis player further credited Tsitsipas for the victory and praised him for displaying commitment and discipline on the court.

He has deemed the Frenchman to be surplus to requirements, despite a desire from Bakayoko to remain on Chelsea's books and try and play his way into form.

"We have to improve to defend in the other half, to press against three defenders".

Sarri conceded he would have relished the opportunity to work with Higuain again.

"We're happy because to be honest our pre-season games were not that good", he said.

Chelsea beat Manchester City to Jorginho's signature in the summer, securing a reunion with Maurizio Sarri in London, and the midfielder looks like a force to be reckoned with. We made too many mistakes and missed our chances.

"Everybody, I could see tears in their eyes, and it delighted me very much because I had the feeling to do something not only for a deal, not only for a player, not only for my client, but also for a family, which is great".

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