Chelsea defender Rudiger hails calm Kepa after opening win

Paul Merson has made his Premier League predictions for the opening weekend

Paul Merson has made his Premier League predictions for the opening weekend

Chelsea made a world record attempt for Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak before signing Athletic Bilbao's Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Sarri's Premier League managerial career got off to a winning start this afternoon courtesy of a 3-0 win over Huddersfield Town, but he played down suggestions that he could create a carbon copy of his Napoli team at Stamford Bridge.

"He did well", Rudiger said of his new teammate. "He tried to speak as much as he can". We as defenders need to help him and we did that.

"Thibaut is such a great goalkeeper and he did his best at Chelsea to bring titles and trophies, so it is not a great feeling to lose such a player", he said.

"In his work he's very confident, but off the pitch he's a quiet guy".

Like several clubs who had players competing at the World Cup, Spurs have had to cope without several key performers during pre-season and Pochettino was delighted with the approach his players had taken.

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"We have been working really hard with (Sarri)", he said. "We did it better in the second half, there was more space and time".

"They had four or five chances and scored three goals and we were not able to use our chances".

"We have a quite good understanding", Rudiger added when asked about Luiz. So I hope he can improve very fast. We moved the ball well and also to have a good bench is always good.

Sarri has signed Napoli midfielder Jorginho in a £57m deal and England veteran Rob Green in the summer transfer window.

Eden Hazard also produced a lively cameo after coming on as a 76th-minute substitute, creating Chelsea's third goal, rounding off a near flawless start to life in English football for Sarri, who had predicted that his team would encounter problems with results and performances in the first half of the season. "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".

"He jumped before the penalty and Ben (Hamer) had already dived so I don't know why the ref didn't make him retake the penalty".

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