Winning start for Sarri as Chelsea down Perth Glory


Maurizio Sarri influenced a triumphant begin as the new manager of Chelsea by vanquishing Perth Glory 1-0 in a friendly on Monday.

The Italian, who supplanted countryman Antonio Conte earlier this month, was without his team’s World Cup stars in front of a sell-out crowed of 60,000 at the new Perth Stadium.

The Blues were still excessively useful for the home side – themselves playing their first game under new manager Tony Popovic – weeks out from their Premier League season opener on August 11 against Huddersfield.

The Blues declared their strength early when Pedro scored in the fifth minute, and completely ruled the counterpart generally, likely leaving Sarri thinking about how they didn’t locate the back of the net many more times.

With the two sides in various phases of their pre-season preparations, Glory were under attack for significant lots of the game and Chelsea debilitated most times they collected. At one phase, the London club hit the upright three times in 10 minutes in the second half.

Perth goalkeeper Liam Reddy was the busiest man on the field for a great part of the night, making some fine spares and observing ideally as other Chelsea shots cruised only wide of his goal.

Elusive conditions because of heavy rain previously and during the match did not encourage either side. Chelsea’s last touch was simply somewhat missing, while Glory played their best football when the beat hindered detectably over the most recent 15 minutes.

Sarri would have been enchanted with the brightness of adolescent Callum Hudson-Odoi in the first half, with the 17-year-old defining up the main goal of the match.

The youngster’s pace and expertise was in plain view as he separated the wing and delivered an eminent left-foot cross for Pedro, who opened it inside the far post with a fresh volley that ended up being the victor.

Prominent new marking Jorginho was likewise amazing in the midfield in the first half, a promising begin to his time with the Blues, while Cesc Fabregas overwhelmed all through.

The previous Napoli midfielder just marked with Chelsea a week ago after negotiations stretched by the departure of Conte, picking the London side over Manchester City.

The two sides rolled out a swag of improvements in the second half, and Glory indicated incredible spirit to rally in the diminishing minutes, delivering some late shots much to the shame of Sarri.

The FA Cup Chelsea won not long ago was in plain view for the club’s first game in Perth since 1974, and third by and large.