CHELSEA OFF TO A FLY­ING START, SPURS GET PAST NEW­CAS­TLE

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - SPORT ASIANGAME - Agen­cies sports­desk@hin­dus­tan­times.com

LON­DON: Chelsea man­ager Maurizio Sarri got off to a win­ning Pre­mier League start as new sign­ing Jorginho slot­ted home coolly from the penalty spot in a 3-0 win at Huddersfield on Satur­day.

Tot­ten­ham also made light of dis­con­tent over their lack of sum­mer trans­fer ac­tiv­ity by re­sist­ing a l ate New­cas­tle on­slaught to win 2-1 at St. James’s Park thanks to goals from Jan Ver­tonghen and Dele Alli. Watford, Bournemouth and Crys­tal Palace also picked up 2-0 wins on the open­ing week­end of the sea­son.

Chelsea have en­dured a tur­bu­lent pre-sea­son with Sarri sworn in to re­place fel­low Ital­ian An­to­nio Conte less than a month be­fore the cam­paign got un­der­way.

The Lon­don­ers also smashed their trans­fer record and set a new world record fee for a goal­keeper in splash­ing 80 mil­lion eu­ros on Kepa Ar­rizbal­aga this week af­ter Thibaut Cour­tois departed for Real Madrid. But the young Basque ‘keeper was rarely trou­bled in record­ing a clean sheet as the vis­i­tors’ greater qual­ity told at the John Smith’s Sta­dium af­ter a slow start.

Cru­cially Chelsea have held on to Eden Haz­ard, but while the Bel­gian was only deemed fit enough for a place on the bench fol­low­ing his World Cup ex­er­tions, N’golo Kante was thrown straight into the side af­ter star­ring in Rus­sia for world cham­pi­ons France.

PIQUE AN­NOUNCES END OF SPAIN CA­REER

BARCELONA: Barcelona de­fender Ger­ard Pique has con­firmed he will not play again for Spain de­spite his for­mer Barca coach Luis En­rique be­ing ap­pointed as coach. Pique de­clared his in­ten­tion to quit in­ter­na­tional foot­ball af­ter the 2018 World Cup fol­low­ing a World Cup qual­i­fier against Al­ba­nia in Oc­to­ber 2016, say­ing he was tired of re­peated crit­i­cism from sup­port­ers and the me­dia, and that he wished “to be left in peace”.

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