M
SM

Premier League

TIMELINE

Sarri happy with Higuain and Hazard partnership

PA | 2mo
Chelsea duo scored twice each as Huddersfield were blown away at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri is excited by the partnership developing between Gonzalo Higuain and Eden Hazard, who each scored twice in Saturday's 5-0 win over Huddersfield.

Sarri's position was under scrutiny following Wednesday's 4-0 loss at Bournemouth – Chelsea's worst league loss in over 22 years – but the Premier League's bottom club Huddersfield were ideal opponents.

Higuain, on loan from Juventus, opened the scoring and struck a fourth from 25 yards for his first Chelsea goals, either side of a Hazard penalty and composed finish. Their understanding thrilled Sarri.

"On the pitch they are really very suitable to play one close to the other," the 60-year-old Italian said.

"For us it's very useful. For Higuain, he will be able to score, I think, a lot of goals.

"I know very well that when he arrived he wasn't at the top of the physical condition. Now he's improving and I'm really very happy."

Higuain enjoyed the best season of his career under Sarri at Napoli, scoring 36 goals in 35 Serie A games, while Hazard had been singled out for criticism by the Blues boss of late.

The Belgium forward, whose long-term future remains in doubt with his contract expiring in June 2020, took his season's tally to 15 goals.

Huddersfield conceded a late fifth when David Luiz's header took a wicked deflection off Elias Kachunga.

Sarri on Friday described himself as a "dreamer" and refused to compromise on his footballing principles, despite five losses in the prior 12 league games.

Eden Hazard, left, is congratulated by Maurizio Sarri (John Walton/PA)

He may point to this result as justification, but Huddersfield were limited opponents.

He added: "We started really very well. In the first 25, 30 minutes I saw my football.

"We moved the ball very fast, with good movements without the ball. We were really dangerous every two minutes.

"We need consistency now. Today they were really very motivated, but we lost 4-0 in the last match, so we had to react.

"We have to understand the level of the motivation must be the same in every match."

Maurizio Sarri has been under pressure at Chelsea (John Walton/PA)

Chelsea face a pivotal month which could determine the future of Sarri under owner Roman Abramovich, who is not renowned for his patience.

Next Sunday the Blues go to Manchester City, their opponents in the Carabao Cup final on February 24.

The Wembley date comes at the end of a week which sees the visits of Manchester United, in the FA Cup fifth round, and Malmo in the Europa League.

"It will be very difficult. Also for our opponents I think," Sarri said.

Chelsea returned to fourth place in the Premier League, above Arsenal, who play Manchester City on Sunday, and their fight for Champions League qualification continues.

"At the moment we have to be happy about our season because we're in February and we're involved in four different competitions," Sarri added.

Things might have been different had Huddersfield taken a sixth-minute lead.

Chris Lowe's cross was headed just over by Aaron Mooy, but that was as good as it got for Town in Jan Siewert's second match in charge.

Siewert said: "I don't feel well at the moment. We came here to give a big fight.

"The first chance to Aaron Mooy showed we wanted to win the game, but at the moment you can't compare us to Chelsea.

"We lost 5-0. That shows that Chelsea were quite angry after the Bournemouth game and showed it, so it was a bad time to play them."

Chelsea's penalty appeared soft after contact between Kachunga on Cesar Azpilicueta which began outside the box.

"I'm not quite sure whether it was a penalty," said Siewert, who was uncertain at the severity of Isaac Mbenza's calf injury.

"Every Chelsea player went away. No one expected it."



amp_article_349136 : Database Data restored...  : 
last updated article - 2019-02-02 18:59:02:
html db last update - 2019-03-07 06:35:05 :

ex - 7200 : read : read cache amp html

Click here for more stories about Maurizio Sarri

Click here for more stories about Chelsea

Share this article now:

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City34282487226586
2Liverpool34267177205785
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs342211164352967
4Arsenal33206766402666
5Chelsea34206857362166
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd33197763441964
7Watford34147134949049
8Leicester CityLeicester35146154847148
9Wolverhampton WanderersWolves34139124142-148
10Everton34137144644246
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham35127164454-1043
12Newcastle UnitedNewcastle35118163544-941
13Bournemouth35125184962-1341
14Crystal Palace34116174046-639
15Burnley34116174260-1839
16Southampton3499164057-1736
17Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton3497183253-2134
18Cardiff CityCardiff3494213063-3331
RFulham3565243376-4323
RHuddersfield TownHuddersfield3535272069-4914
Scroll for more - Tap for full version

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
UC
Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City34282487226586
2Liverpool34267177205785
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs342211164352967
4Arsenal33206766402666
5Chelsea34206857362166
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd33197763441964
7Watford34147134949049
8Leicester CityLeicester35146154847148
9Wolverhampton WanderersWolves34139124142-148
10Everton34137144644246
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham35127164454-1043
12Newcastle UnitedNewcastle35118163544-941
13Bournemouth35125184962-1341
14Crystal Palace34116174046-639
15Burnley34116174260-1839
16Southampton3499164057-1736
17Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton3497183253-2134
18Cardiff CityCardiff3494213063-3331
RFulham3565243376-4323
RHuddersfield TownHuddersfield3535272069-4914
Scroll for more - Tap for full version
X

We value your privacy

A part of our GDPR compliance we need to ask for your consent. We and our partners use technology such as cookies on Sports Mole to personalise content and ads, provide social media features, and analyse our traffic. Click below to consent to the use of this technology on Sports Mole.