Maurizio Sarri got his Chelsea reign off to the perfect start today with his side running out 3-0 winners over Huddersfield in their Premier League opener.
The Blues were 2-0 up by half-time courtesy of goals from midfield pair N’Golo Kante and Jorginho before Pedro sealed the victory late on.
However, speaking after the game at the Kirklees Stadium Sarri insisted that the game was much more difficult than the scoreline suggested:
“The game was more difficult than the result. If you see the result you think it was a very easy match but in the first half, it was very difficult against physical opponents,” He told the BBC.
“We are not a physical team so for 20 minutes we were in trouble but we did very well.
“In this moment we are not at the top of our potential but we had the capacity to suffer for 20 minutes in the first half.”
Sarri insisted in the build-up to the game that Chelsea face a difficult opening period of the season, and again after today’s game he reiterated that he has found it hard with many of his players only recently returning to Stamford Bridge after their involvement at the World Cup in Russia.
“It depends on me and the players. I don’t know. The situation until now has been very difficult. On Monday four players from the World Cup arrived. And then on Tuesday another two, so it’s not been easy for me at the moment. Hopefully two months and not three.