Chelsea boss plan­ning to im­prove

The Observer - - SPORTS DIGEST -

FOOT­BALL: Chelsea and Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur en­joyed away wins in the open­ing round of the English Pre­mier League sea­son while pro­moted Fulham and Cardiff City were given quick re­minders of the tough task they face on their re­turns to the top flight.

Goals from N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Pe­dro gave Chelsea an im­pres­sive 3-0 win over Huddersfield Town as their new Ital­ian coach Mau­r­izio Sarri watched his team re­spond well af­ter en­dur­ing early pres­sure from David Wag­ner’s side.

Sarri, who took over from An­to­nio Conte in July, said he now had a month to try to shape his new side be­fore mid­week Eu­ropa League games were added to the mix.

“We are lucky now be­cause for three to four weeks we can work with only one match a week, so we have to im­prove in this month,” he said.

Spurs fans’ con­cerns about their club’s lack of trans­fer busi­ness may have eased af­ter Jan Ver­tonghen and Dele Alli scored in an en­ter­tain­ing 2-1 vic­tory at New­cas­tle United.

All three goals came in a fran­tic open­ing 20 min­utes with two headed goals for the north Lon­don team com­ing ei­ther side of Joselu’s equaliser for the Mag­pies.

In other re­sults, a con­fi­dent­look­ing Crys­tal Palace pro­duced a 2-0 win over pro­moted Fulham and Cardiff City also tasted de­feat on their re­turn the top, with mid­fielder Ryan Fraser’s first-half goal and Cal­lum Wil­son’s late strike se­cur­ing three points for Bournemouth.

EPL: Man Utd 2 Le­ices­ter 1; New­cas­tle 1 Tot­ten­ham 2; Huddersfield 0 Chelsea 3; Bournemouth 2 Cardiff 0; Watford 2 Brighton 0; Fulham 0 C. Palace 2; Wolves 2 Ever­ton 2. Last night: Southamp­ton v Burnley, Liver­pool v West Ham, Arse­nal v Man City.

Photo: PA

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