Chelsea began the new season with solid-enough 3-0 win over Huddersfield Town, the most promising part of which was (other than the scoreline itself) that Chelsea actually improved in the second half, unlike the pre-season trend of playing well early and then fading back into old habits.
Another old habit that we can hopefully also avoid on Saturday is losing to Arsenal in what will be the season’s first league game at the Bridge. Conte had a torrid time in dealing with the Gunners, for whatever reason, winning just once in eight tries across all competitions.
Sarri certainly did not have a fully fit squad at his disposal last weekend, with Eden Hazard starting just on the bench and presumed starter Mateo Kovačić not even in the matchday squad. That meant that Pedro and Willian flanked Morata while Ross Barkley kept his place from pre-season in a midfield three next to Jorginho and Evolved Kanté. (Fàbregas missed the game through injury, and he remains doubtful for this weekend.)
Will Sarri opt to change any of that or keep what’s working and give the likes of Hazard and Kovačić more time to get back into match fitness?
What would you do?