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Meanwhile goals from N'Golo Kante, Jorginho (penalty) and Pedro gave Chelsea an impressive 3-0 win at Aaron Mooy's Huddersfield Town on Saturday as their new Italian coach Maurizio Sarri watched his team respond well after enduring early pressure from David Wagner's side.

Sarri insisted in the build-up to the game that Chelsea face a difficult opening period of the season, and again after today's game he reiterated that he has found it hard with many of his players only recently returning to Stamford Bridge after their involvement at the World Cup in Russian Federation.

But German defender Rudiger was pleased the Spaniard's first appearance passed without incident following Thibault Courtois' controversial departure.

"He did well", Rudiger said of his new teammate.

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'I don't want to do another Naples, ' said Sarri. "In his work he's very confident".

The Belgian was given three weeks off after his exploits at the World Cup and was only named on the bench at the Kirklees Stadium, but he made a massive impact when he was finally brought on in the second half. "You can see he misses me", he said. Chelsea were strong today, but I don't think we've shown too much respect.

- Chelsea midfielder Jorginho has scored 90 per cent of the penalties he has taken in the top five European leagues (all competitions), converting 10 of his 11 spot kicks across three different clubs (Verona, Napoli and Chelsea).

"We have a quite good understanding", Rudiger added when asked about Luiz. "I think if we play Chelsea at home most people would expect us to concede a defeat, which we've got, and at the end it was a deserved defeat". We have to move the ball faster.

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.

But the game turned decisively towards the visitors when Chelsea doubled their advantage just before the interval as Marcos Alonso burst into the area and went down under challenge from Christopher Schindler.



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