Sarri’s Hazard dilemma, Kepa’s nerves & zonal marking – 5 key points from Chelsea win

Sarri’s wing options

With Chelsea having been able to fend off Real Madrid and Barcelona’s approaches for Eden Hazard and Willian (for now) the Blues have a plethora of wing options.

Pedro had an excellent game in the 3-0 win over Huddersfield Town as he started at the right, while Willian was influential on the left as he set up N’Golo Kante for the opening goal of the game.

The fact that Hazard came on for an explosive 15-minute cameo went to show that if Maurizio Sarri can implement his system the way he wants then he has a wealth of talent at his disposal.

Not to mention the brightest spark in the whole of pre-season in Callum Hudson-Odoi wasn’t in the squad for the game, while Victor Moses came off the bench as well.

One player is going to be disappointed when it comes to missing out against Arsenal, but over the course of the campaign they could be deadly.

Kante’s finishing

You would have made quite a lot of money if you put a bet on N’Golo Kante being the first Chelsea goalscorer of the season, but with his new position don’t expect it to be the last.

Playing on the right of the three in the middle, Kante has been getting much more further forward and his arrival at timing in the box showed just what would have been worked on.

Even though his shot found the back of the net, the finish was hardly accomplished and this is no doubt something that is going to have to be worked on even more.

The 27-year-old’s assist and goal rate might skyrocket compared to his previous campaigns and he needs to continue to be productive in the final third.

Kepa Arrizabalaga’s nerves

There are always going to be nerves when you are the world record goalkeeper, even if the youngster himself claimed he would feel no pressure.

They were clearly on show in the first half with some of his kicking very poor and the second one that he took being completely fluffed, much to the joy of the John Smith’s Stadium crowd.

But there are going to be much bigger tests for the Spaniard who only had one save to make throughout the game and one time that he had to come out and claim a high ball.

The Blues host Arsenal next Sunday and that is going to be a much harder game for goalkeeper. But now he has got those debut nerves out of the way, it might be time for him to relax.

Zonal marking

Maurizio Sarri is bringing a whole new style to Chelsea and one of those things seems to be how they might defend from corners.

The one real chance that the Terriers had throughout the encounter came from a corner when Steve Mounie headed against the post.

The set-up from the Blues seemed to be zonal marking, but what that meant was the striker was able to ghost in at the back post and should have scored.

That is the issue you sometimes get with zonal marking and it shows that the work for Sarri is not going to just be on the attacking side of the ball.

Arsenal a true test

It was the perfect way for Sarri to start his Premier League campaign with the win over Huddersfield, and with no disrespect to the Terriers there are going to be much harder tests.

The next one comes just a week later when the Blues take on Arsenal at Stamford Bridge, another club going through transition after the departure of Arsene Wenger and arrival of Unai Emery.

But it will be a great test to see where Sarri’s side are at the moment with another week of training under their belts.

Sarri said the Blues are going need time to implement his ideas, and next Saturday could be a massive progression on that.

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