Perth Glory 0-1 Chelsea: Maurizio Sarri makes winning start as manager


Chelsea finished fifth in the Premier League in 2017-18

Maurizio Sarri made a winning start as Chelsea boss after Pedro’s early goal proved enough to beat Perth Glory 1-0 in a friendly in Australia.

Former Barcelona forward Pedro stabbed home from six yards after being set up by 17-year-old Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Hudson-Odoi was one of three teenagers to start along with Polish keeper Marcin Bulka, 18, and 17-year-old Wales defender Ethan Ampadu.

New midfielder Jorginho also started against the Australian A-League team.

Jorginho was signed from Napoli for £50m and the Italy international showed his class in Chelsea’s first pre-season game.

Ross Barkley hit a post while Cesc Fabregas, one of two players in the side along, with Marcos Alonso, who started the FA Cup final win over Manchester United on 19 May, went close with a deflected shot.

David Luiz was shown a yellow card for a late first-half challenge before Pedro had a volley saved.

Sarri, who replaced fellow Italian Antonio Conte earlier this month, said after the game that Chelsea had work to do before the start of the season.

“We lost the

distance between the defenders and the midfielders, but we know we have to work,” he added.

“We have to go back to Cobham and work very hard. We know we have to improve very quickly.

“It’s not easy at this moment because we are without 12 players from the World Cup.

“It has been a difficult week with a long flight, jet lag, but at the end of the week I can say we have worked well, and we have played a good match for 60 minutes.”

Chelsea next head to France where they face Inter Milan in Nice (19:05 BST) in the International Champions Cup on Saturday before taking on Arsenal in Dublin on 1 August (20:05 BST) in the same tournament.

After meeting Manchester City in the Community Shield at Wembley on 5 August (15:00 BST), Sarri’s side host Lyon in the International Champions Cup at Stamford Bridge on 7 August (20:05 BST) before starting their Premier League campaign at Huddersfield on 11 August (15:00 BST).


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