Maurizio Sarri warned Chelsea FC could become like Arsenal


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"We lost one of the most important goalkeepers in the world but we bought a good, young keeper, I think one of the most important among young goalkeepers in Europe, so I'm really happy".

Pushed to explain just what he meant by problems, Sarri interrupted.

The 24-year-old signed from Everton in January and performed so well in pre-season as the attacking part of Sarri's midfield trio that he would have fancied himself as a regular starter this season.

Roared on by the loud home support that had helped them to survival at the end of last season, Huddersfield had plenty of early pressure. It may not have been the usual tubthumping rallying cry on the eve of a managerial debut, but it was still refreshing to hear.

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Maurizio Sarri's reign at Chelsea is off to a flyer. We made too many mistakes and you have to be clinical and use your chances.

The striker needs a goal to get his confidence up or both he and Chelsea may suffer.

He said: "The game was more hard than the result".

'Maybe for Napoli in the previous year it wouldn't have been a problem but for Chelsea, with some of the players only having had three days of training, it was a problem'.

DF Marcos Alonso, 7 - Criticised by some supporters for lacking the wherewithal to play as a left-back in Sarri's system, Alonso did look laboured at times in defence.

Summer acquisitions Jorginho and Kepa Arrizabalaga started the game for Chelsea, but Mateo Kovacic was not included in the matchday squad after arriving on loan from Real Madrid. The youngster's promise commanded a world record fee. Maurizio Sarri's side bossed possession from the outset in West Yorkshire, where it took 20 minutes for Alex Pritchard to muster a shot on target - an attempt that was straight down the barrel and comfortably stopped. "But, for the moment, he's not Courtois". "Hopefully two months and not three". Already, there is talk of meetings with the commercial department and hierarchy to discuss how to ensure next summer runs more smoothly.