5 Chelsea players who played brilliantly against Huddersfield Town
The Premier League 2018-19 has kicked off with a bang for Chelsea. The London based club have trounced Huddersfield Town 3-0 in the opening fixture of the Premier League, getting their campaign off to the perfect start.
Kante scored the first goal of the match for Chelsea. Along with that, goals from Jorginho and Pedro helped Chelsea comfortably secure three points from the match.
Let us now discuss five Chelsea players who played brilliantly in the fixture.
The 26-year-old Italian international was the backbone of Chelsea against Huddersfield Town. After a disastrous performance against Manchester City last week, he produced a classy display yesterday as he completely dominated the midfield with his passing.
The glimpse of 'Sarri' ball could be seen in the match and Jorginho was the principal projector of it. Chelsea’s #5 was the catalyst in Chelsea’s game plan and provided more freedom to Kante.
He also converted a penalty just seconds before half-time. It was a dream debut for Jorginho in the Premier League, and Chelsea fans would be expecting performances like this one in the future too.
For the first time at Chelsea, Kante was seen playing as the center midfielder. And it proved beneficial for both the team as well as for him personally.
Kante scored his 4th goal for Chelsea by opening the score sheet against Huddersfield Town.
With the inclusion of Jorginho in the starting lineup, Kante had the freedom to assist in the final third, which he did with precision. He regularly provided support to the attackers and also ensured Jorginho didn't remain lonely in the center of the field.
Kante didn’t show a glimpse of discomfort at any point in the match, and rather he played like a natural box to box midfielder. He accepted his new role and performed executed it perfectly.
#3 Marcos Alonso
The Spaniard has silenced his critics with an outstanding display against Huddersfield Town in the opening fixture of the Premier League 2018-19.
He was criticized for his poor defending and his inability to play in the left back position, but he put up a mesmerizing display yesterday.
Alonso earned a penalty for Chelsea, which was converted by Jorginho, and he also came close to scoring a goal but was denied by the post.
The 27-year-old helped in defense and at the same contributed in attack too. The fans and manager Sarri would expect the same kind of performances from him in the future.
The most surprising performance came from Pedro.
Before the pre-season he was on the verge of leaving the club, but destiny had other plans. After the successful pre-season, Pedro got placed in the starting line - and he continued his form by scoring a goal in his first league match.
Pedro scored the third goal for Chelsea against Huddersfield Town, courtesy an Eden Hazard assist. With his constant threat to the opposition, the 31-year-old Spain international showed the world that he is not finished and that there is more football in him.
Although he might not get many starts this season, Pedro showed Sarri what he is capable of and what he can contribute to the team. It will be interesting to see how much playing time Sarri will offer to him after his outstanding performance in the opening fixture.
#5 Eden Hazard
The Belgian captain was left out of the starting XI because of his fitness, as he had just joined a few days ago after spending his summer break away from the team. He came as a replacement for Willian in the 76th minute.
As soon as he stepped on the pitch he showed why Real Madrid desperately want him. In his 20-minute display he kept defenders in his pocket and created the third goal for Chelsea.
Against Huddersfield Town, Hazard showed what he can do and how important he is to Chelsea. The fans are also eagerly waiting for his comeback in the starting line-up, and we might see him starting against Arsenal in the second fixture of the Premier League.