Gonzalo Higuain and Eden Hazard wiped away memories of a miserable week in a devastating performance.
Higuain scored two classy goals while Hazrd’s trickery and a disputed penalty brought the little Belgian his own welcome double.
But for once midfielder Hazard will have to settle for being upstaged by Chelsea’s new signing as he announced his arrival in English football in style.
Higuain has now scored 38 goals in 37 games under his favourite coach Maurizio Sarri but none will have brought more relief to Chelsea’s under-pressure manager.
Both his strikes were teed up by N’Golo Kante in spectacular combination. The first was a clever reverse pass timed to perfection to match Higuain’s run into the box before he smashed in a shot at the near post.
The Argentinian’s second in the 69th minute was even better. Hazard drifted across the box, knocked a short pass to Kante who simply laid the ball on a plate for Higuain to curl home a stunning curling shot from 25 yards.
It was always clear why Maurizio Sarri wanted Gonzalo Higuaín. Chelsea have lacked a focal point in attack, someone to bring together all the creative flourishes into something definitive.
So against Huddersfield, Sarri could feel vindicated. The Argentinian provided exactly what was required.
At 31, there are times when he looks laboured. He certainly doesn’t appear to be the man you want to lead the pressing game energetically over 90 minutes. And this was Huddersfield, the team with one goal in seven games. Thus, it will take some time before it can be said for sure he is the man to save Sarri.