Chelsea boss planning to improve
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.
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