Kante scored Chelsea’s opener before a penalty from new-signing Jorginho and a Pedro strike ensured Sarri’s men would start the season with three points and a clean sheet.
With former manager Antonio Conte leaving the Stamford Bridge club, the ex-Napoli coach has adjusted the Chelsea set-up to meet his own expectations, moving from Conte’s favoured 5-3-2 formation to a more traditional 4-3-3.
With Jorginho utilised as the orchestrator at the base of Chelsea’s midfield, Kante was given the freedom to venture further forward which culminated in a goal for the French World Cup winner after only 34 minutes.
Speaking to reporters after the victory, Kante discussed his new role under Sarri and reiterated the importance of starting the season strong with the west London side.
Kante said: “It’s a new manager and a new system. I played a little bit further forward. I need to adapt to this role but I will give my best in this position for the team and I hope we can keep doing good things in the future.
“I try to find the striker, to be more offensive and cause problems for the opponent and I think it went well. But we have to keep working hard in training and I hope in the next game against Arsenal we can get a good result.
“I think it was important to start very well and after the first two goals, we managed the game in the second half. It was a good victory and a very good start to the season.”
Kante’s goal against Huddersfield meant he has now scored in each of his four Premier League seasons. However, the Frenchman has never found the net more than once.
N’Golo Kanté has scored in each of his four Premier League seasons:
2015/16: 37 games, 1 goal
2016/17: 35 games, 1 goal
2017/18: 34 games, 1 goal
2018/19: 1 game, 1 goal
Already equalled his best single-season tally. ? pic.twitter.com/WPvreV8vjW
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) August 11, 2018
With a new role and a goal already, Kante should be expected to at least double his previous best… not that it would be difficult. Chelsea’s next Premier League match is at home to Unai Emery’s Arsenal this Saturday.
Samuel Etoo Joins Another Club
Former Barcelona and Inter Milan striker Samuel Eto’o has further extended his career by signing a deal with Qatari-top-flight club Qatar Sports Club.
Eto’o, 37, is to be presented as a Qatar Sports Club player at a press conference on Tuesday, after leaving Turkish side Konyaspor by mutual consent.
The Cameroonian’s former teammates Xavi and Wesley Sneijder are also both playing their football in the Qatari league as the country prepares to host the 2022 World Cup.
Eto’o had previously suggested that his next team may be based in France, but has decided to make Qatar Sports Club the 13th club of his career.
Having spent the early stages of his career at Real Madrid, Eto’o made a real name for himself in Spain after spells with RCD Mallorca and, of course, Barcelona, where he managed an impressive 130 goals in 199 appearances across all competitions.
In July 2009, Eto’o was part of a high-profile swap deal that saw him move to Inter Milan, with Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimović heading to Barcelona.
He spent two years with Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala before trying his luck in the Premier League with Chelsea and then Everton.
During his time in the Premier League, he scored a hat-trick for Chelsea in a 3-1 win vs. Man Utd. No player has managed to repeat the feat against the Red Devils in the Premier League since.