Maurizio Sarri hints at early Chelsea struggle

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

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

Although manager Maurizio Sarri had encouraged fans to be patient as he looked to install his football philosophy - known as "Sarri-ball" - at Chelsea, the club made the ideal start.

Cardiff City also tasted defeat on their return to the elite - midfielder Ryan Fraser's first-half goal and forward Callum Wilson's late strike securing the three points for Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.

Luiz, whose first spell started at Stamford Bridge in 2011, and went on until 2014, spoke to the press and said in an interview: "I came back to Chelsea to stay here". "He tried to speak as much as he can and he did well with that".

Julen Lopetegui's side are in need of more top players who can help them retain the Champions League title and win more silverware, after the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus.

"In general, it was a very good day".

"We played well. The players have shown commitment, desire, passion and created chances".

Heaping more praises on Sarri's coaching style, Luiz said that the coach is playing a different system and it's entirely his decision to do so.

"In his work he's very confident, but off the pitch he's a quiet guy".

He said: "If money is the only thing that decides things, then we will be in the bottom three - but we were not in the bottom three last season".

More flashes of what Chelsea fans can expect from "Sarri-ball" would have been anticipated and they received a brilliant example when Ross Barkley flicked Jorginho's pass into the run of Alonso, who won the penalty from Schindler.

"We have a quite good understanding", Rudiger added when asked about Luiz.

Chelsea had to dig deep early on against Huddersfield, but went in at the break with a two-goal cushion thanks to N'Golo Kante and summer signing Jorginho.

Still, teething problems were to be expected given the Italian manager's arrival halfway through preseason, and Chelsea can take heart from the win, earned with their best attacking player, Eden Hazard, sitting on the bench for 75 minutes. "The first half was hard - maybe 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".

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