Mauricio Sarri said this week that his Chelsea team might not play entirely as he wants until the second half of the season and, against Huddersfield, they certainly were not the whirling, fast-paced team of the new manager's ideals.
Kante is already recognised as one of the better midfielders in Europe for his ability to appear in many places at one time defensively.
It's a tricky start to the season, and after facing Cardiff on Matchday 3, Huddersfield then takes on Everton, Crystal Palace, Leicester, Tottenham, Burnley and Liverpool. "I hope in this month to improve the team". In the first line, we defended not like we wanted to defend.
"I think that Eden in this moment can not play for 90 minutes, he needs to have training", Sarri said of the Belgium star. "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". "The best thing for him was to play 15-20 minutes when the opposition was exhausted".
"If you want to get something out of these games, you have to be at your very best", said Wagner.
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"Second half the boys tried everything".
"Chelsea were very clinical". If you look at the result, you can think about an easy game, but in the first half we were in trouble for 15 minutes against a very physical team.
There were howls of protest from the stands, but Huddersfield's players were broadly quiet, and rightly so.
After an opening half hour in which Chelsea had more of the ball but were kept at arm's length by a smartly-drilled Huddersfield side, the visitors took the lead with a whiff of fortune. "We have passion, commitment and desire". "They had five chances and scored three goals", Wagner told reporters. "We tried and created some opportunities, but Hazard showed his top quality for the third".
Kante, back on duty just 27 days after starting France's win over Croatia in the World Cup final, scored the opener, thumping a volley into the ground and past goalkeeper Ben Hamer from a Willian cross.
"I don't know, he has always kicked the penalty like this", Sarri shrugged.