Chelsea’s No 10 Eden Hazard played only the last 30 minutes after replacing Ross Barkley on the hour, there was a game to decide and he did it beautifully, creating the winner for Maurizio Sarri.
Hazard introduction helped the Blues to a perfect start to the new season after the Belgian’s cross in the box found Marcos Alonso who slotted past Petr Cech to make it 3-2.
Chelsea responded with their second goal immediately. Azpilicueta’s long ball from right-back was taken on by Morata, switched from right foot to left and drilled majestically past Petr Cech. As the Chelsea striker did all this, Mustafi was nominally in attendance but the German defender did not affect the outcome.
Chelsea boss, Maurizio Sarri, has explained why he used his star forward, Eden Hazard and loan signing, Mateo Kovacic as second-half substitutes in their 3-2 win over Arsenal.
Hazard told BT Sport that he was content with Sarri’s approach. “He is the kind of manager who wants the ball, to control the ball. I can’t say a bad thing about that. I want to play and have the ball at my feet. We have players who can do something magic. He is a great manager, like we had before.”