Sarri admits £71 million Kepa is not at same level as Courtois

Paul Merson has made his Premier League predictions for the opening weekend

Nobody would argue that there was anything wrong with N'Golo Kante's previous role for Chelsea but Maurizio Sarri is a fan of mixing things up.

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

Jorginho burst out laughing at how good Eden Hazard was in his cameo off the bench against Huddersfield on Saturday as Chelsea started the new Premier League season with a win.

"We went into half-time with two goals and I think we managed the game in the second half".

"We are lucky now because we can work with one match a week". "When we arrived in Madrid to make the signing, I had his parents of Thibaut, his brother, his sister, his child, the mother of the child - everybody's there, and I see the family getting back together and I said to Thibaut, 'I'm so delighted not only to make a great deal for you here in Madrid, but also because I have a family coming together'".

Chelsea were lacking dynamism and conviction as Huddersfield sat deep and proved hard to break down, but Pedro's driving run and pass out to Willian enabled the Brazilian to pick out Kante, who scuffed a left-footed volley into the ground and inside the far post in the 34th minute.

Thibaut Courtois would never have forced through a transfer from Chelsea to Real Madrid if his children had lived in London, his agent said. "The best thing for him was to play 15-20 minutes when the opposition was exhausted". But I think we did have a lot of unlucky situations.

Huddersfield, employing a three-man backline, had impressed in the first half and could have cancelled out Kante's opener but Steve Mounie headed against the inside of the post.

You'd think that a £50m midfielder playing on his debut would be more careful when taking a penalty. So we were not ready for this situation and it was a problem and this team did not have the experience against this. Unfortunately for Huddersfield and their manager David Wagner, Hazard was at his brilliant best.

"Chelsea were very clinical".

"They had four or five chances and scored three goals and we were not able to use our chances".

"If we wanted to get something today, we had to be at our very best".

"I fully understand the fans of Chelsea and no one has reason to blame that feeling".

"We started very well, on the front foot, and then the first goal came out of nothing". We made a mistake in our frontline that led to the second goal which can not happen.

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