When Chelsea take the pitch in Huddersfield at John Smith Stadium, The Blues will be looking to repeat last season’s convincing 3-1 victory. The game starts on Saturday, August 11 at 16:00 CET.
Huddersfield vs Chelsea Preview
New Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri will make his debut on Saturday and David Wagner’s Huddersfield will try to ensure it is not a pleasant one. The Terriers took a while to get it going in the pre-season but jump-started the engine with three straight impressive victories over Lyon (3-1), Bologna (2-1) and RB Leipzig (3-0). They’ll be looking to get off to a good start in a season in which Aaron Mooy and Co. want to do more than just safeguard their spot in the top flight.
The Blues will be happy that their chaotic off-season is officially over. Thibaut Courtois got his wish and joined Real Madrid, forcing Chelsea to activate Kepa Arrizabalaga’s monstrous release clause. The 23-year-old came over from Athletic Bilbao for €80 million, smashing the record Liverpool set when they acquired Alisson from Roma. Loaning Mateo Kovacic as part of the Courtois deal is a major plus as the Croatian could turn out to be very useful as the season progresses.
Erasing the poor performance in the Community Shield loss to Manchester City will be a top priority against Huddersfield, although, in reality, it might take some time for Ross Barkley and Jorginho to find their roles within the squad. Hazard, Kante and Giroud are all back in training. Their fitness is a concern, but considering the circumstances, Sarri may have no choice but to insert the first two in the starting lineup.