Hard to argue with a start like this for Maurizio Sarri. Three goals away from home, a definitive performance from his keynote signing, Jorginho, and a joyful cameo from Eden Hazard.
Those highlights only told part of the story, however. Chelsea, by the end, had demonstrated much that was commendable, principally the result. Yet they are very much a work in progress, a prototype and with this a stuttering test drive. At times the engine did splutter into life and you could see how impressive they might be.
‘If you looked at the result, you can think it was an easy game,’ said Sarri. ‘But the first half was hard. We were in trouble for 15 minutes against a physical team. We are not a physical team. And the best of the game [for us] was to suffer for that period.’
Chelsea were awarded a penalty on the stroke of half-time after Christopher Schindler brought Marcos Alonso down
Jorginho stepped up and nonchalantly dispatched the spot kick with real ease to double Chelsea’s advantage