Sport Chelsea Predicted XI: Huddersfield (A)

16:36  10 august  2018
16:36  10 august  2018 Source:   readsport.co

Sarri expects tough going early in first season

  Sarri expects tough going early in first season Maurizio Sarri has offered a gloomy outlook for his first season in charge of Chelsea. The boss is set to take the reigns for his first competitive Blues match today with a trip to Huddersfield, and acknowledges it may take a while for his team to become accustomed to his style of play. Sarri said: “I hope the second part of the season will be very good with a lot of points,” “I expect in the first part of the season some problems. For sure, in this moment, we are not at the top of our potential. We did a pre-season… what can I say? Unusual, maybe. So now we are not at the top.” Outgoing manager Antonio Conte became known for a distinctly conservative style of play by the end of his time in West London, and the transition to Sarri’s brand of expansive football may be less than smooth. The Italian went on to say: “We have to play at another speed,” “If we are able to play (faster), maybe scoring will not be a problem for us but at this current speed, it may be a problem.” The arrival of Jorginho from Napoli should help Sarri communicate his philosophy to the players quickly, given the Brazilian’s familiarity with the scheme.

Huddersfield have been a tough team to beat on their home patch and they picked up an impressive scalp when they turned over Manchester United in the Autumn and Chelsea will be wary of suffering a similar fate. Here is our predicted XI for tonight’s clash.

Huddersfield will afford him space to wander and that will keep Chelsea on the front foot. If he does well, he might be able to return to the starting XI this season. If not, Huddersfield will be the Dane’s last start until next year.

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Maurizio Sarri will get his first taste of Premier League football when his Chelsea side travel to Huddersfield on Saturday afternoon.

After a busy pre-season and a dramatic end to the transfer window, the new Chelsea head coach will be keen to get to work with his new-look squad.

New signings Mateo Kovacic and Kepa are both likely to feature for the Blues after completing moves from Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao respectively.

Here is how we think the Blues will line up in the first game of the season.

Carragher worried about Chelsea's new signing Kepa .
According to Football London, Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher believes that should Chelsea fail to achieve a Champions League spot this season, it could be down to their new keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga. Chelsea needed a new shot-stopper this summer as they decided to grant Thibaut Courtois his wish and allow him to sign for Real Madrid instead of losing him for nothing when his contract expired next summer. New coach Maurizio Sarri wanted to sign Alisson as his replacement, but the Brazilian international decided on a move to Anfield instead, so Sarri had to continue his search elsewhere. He eventually decided that Arrizabalaga was his man, and signed him for £71 million from Athletic Bilbao. The 23-year-old has had an indifferent start to his Chelsea career – he looked extremely nervous during the opening game win against Huddersfield, and he should have done better to prevent Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s goal at the weekend after letting the ball slip through his hands and into the back of the net. However, despite Chelsea’s strong start to the new season under Sarri, the ex-Liverpool defender does not believe it is a given that the Blues qualify for Europe’s elite competition. When talking about this issue on Sky Sports, Carragher said: “It’s hard to leave Chelsea out. But you think of them playing Thursday and Sunday and the goalkeeper is still young. He may go on to become one of the world’s best, but he’s not Courtois. They have lost one of the world’s best. I think the other sides have just got the edge on them, but we are talking fine margins.

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