Chelsea: Sarri on his winning start with Ola Aina, others

EPL By: Ambrose Udeme | 23/07/2018

New Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri pointed to a positive opening hour from his side as he assessed the victory over Perth Glory in Australia. Nigeria's Ola Aina played as a second-half substitute, replacing Zappacosta in the final 17 minutes.

The former Napoli manager took charge of Chelsea for the first time since his appointment as the Blues head coach earlier this month, and he watched on as life began with a win in their opening pre-season fixture of the summer.

Pedro scored the only goal early on and it was earlier in proceedings that Sarri was most pleased with his players.

"The result was not the mirror of the game, but it’s more important in this period the performance. I am satisfied by the performance in the first half and the first 15 minutes of the second half, not the last 30 minutes.

"We lost the distance between the defenders and the midfielders, but we know we have to work. We have to go back to Cobham and work very hard. We know we have to improve very quickly." Sarri told the Blues' official website

Maurizio Sarri selected summer signing Jorginho in midfield for his first outing in a Chelsea shirt, while David Luiz was partnered by Ethan Ampadu in central defence. Cesc Fabregas was handed the armband for the game and he was alongside the aforementioned Jorginho and Barkley in a midfield three.

Up next for Sarri and his squad another test game against Inter Milan in Nice on Saturday.