Chelsea defender Rudiger hails calm Kepa after opening win

Jose Mourinho has endured a tough pre-season with Manchester United

GETTY Jose Mourinho has endured a tough pre-season with Manchester United

I think he's one of the best midfielders in the world.

Chelsea were found wanting in last week's Community Shield defeat to Manchester City, but proved too good for Huddersfield despite leaving World Cup stars Eden Hazard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Olivier Giroud on the bench.

In the Daily Mail, the 59-year-old admitted that pre-season has not helped his cause. "That's enough for me to be confident for this Premier League season, if we keep it up".

The Blues were the sole aggressors in the second half and, after Hamer parried a header from Antonio Rudiger behind, Alonso sent an acrobatic effort against the crossbar in the 58th minute.

Jorginho's arrival saw N'Golo Kante move into a slightly more advanced role, and while he adapted characteristically well, popping up at the back post to volley home the opener in the 34th minute, Chelsea struggled to play through midfield.

"I wish him good luck at Real Madrid, but now we have to concentrate on Kepa because he's our goalkeeper". I hope in this month to improve the team.

He has been their best player in recent years and the team needs him now, more than ever with a new manager in charge. Alex Pritchard and Steven Mounie combined well at times in the first half, but produced few clear-cut chances. "But today we can be more happy because we won the game".

"In the first half, we were in trouble for 15 minutes against a very physical team".

We can expect plenty of adorableness from the Italy global in the coming months, not only because of the very good boy on his shinpads but also because of his relationship with his mother. "The ref needs to explain that to us because I don't understand why (it was not retaken)".

- Chelsea midfielder Jorginho has scored 90 per cent of the penalties he has taken in the top five European leagues (all competitions), converting 10 of his 11 spot kicks across three different clubs (Verona, Napoli and Chelsea). "The players showed great character and commitment", he said. But I think we did have a lot of unlucky situations.

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