"I think if we play Chelsea at home most people would expect us to concede a defeat, which we've got, and at the end it was a deserved defeat".
Alex Pritchard was a risky creative force in the final third, Steve Mounié came close on three occasions and hit the post with a close-range header just minutes after Kanté opened the scoring.
Sarri has said it will take time to get his players playing his style; if this was anything to go by, the rest of the Premier League will be in trouble when Chelsea fully hit stride.
Kante opened the scoring deep into the first half with a left-footed volley, before Jorginho doubled the lead with a cooly slotted penalty after Marcos Alonso was brought down inside the box. After Eden Hazard's introduction, he drove at the heart of the Huddersfield defence before passing to Pedro.
The striker, who was the tournament's top scorer in Russian Federation, has now failed to score a Premier League goal in August at 14 attempts. On the second-half performance alone, Chelsea will be a lot of fun to watch this season.
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Part of that was down to the quality of Huddersfield's press, a positive sign for David Wagner's side after the more passive approach of last season, but Sarri's side didn't take care of the ball as well as their manager would've liked.
Eyes were obviously on debutants Jorginho and Arrizabalaga and the pair gave excellent accounts of themselves, with the former scoring a cheeky penalty in the first half.
As for Jorginho's spot-kick, he was made to look silly. Maurizio Sarri's side bossed possession from the outset in West Yorkshire, where it took 20 minutes for Alex Pritchard to muster a shot on target - an attempt that was straight down the barrel and comfortably stopped.
The football didn't improve until the Italian delivered his team-talk, though - and they performed like a new team after the restart.