Chelsea have 13 Premier League games left to play as the season draws to an end. For much of the first half of the season, Chelsea laboured to win games as either of Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud struggled to find the net on a consistent basis.
Maurizio Sarri never wanted to sign a striker during the January transfer window as he thought that Eden Hazard will fit in the role, but the Chelsea star failed to reach his best form while playing as a false nine.
Chelsea went on to sign an experienced striker in Gonzalo Higuain, with the Argentine having had a good career with top clubs like Real Madrid, Napoli and Juventus. However, his time on loan at AC Milan never went well for him and he cut short his loan spell at San Siro and made a switch to Stamford Bridge last month.
Higuain failed to find the net in his first two games for Chelsea and he barely had a sniff on goal in those games, but many were able to spot the runs he made in those games which weren’t spotted by his teammates.
However, the 31-year-old was on fire against Huddersfield Town as he scored a brace in that game which Chelsea won 5-0.
Aside his goal, Higuain seemed to have formed a good understanding with Eden Hazard who also scored a brace in that game, as they both enjoyed some good link-up play.
Sarri has hailed the partnership between the duo as he revealed that they both speak the same language with the ball.
“Gonzalo is a great player,” Sarri said. “He has done very well everywhere, in Madrid, in Naples, in Milan. ‘He is very useful for Eden. They are very suitable to play together. Gonzalo at the moment is very determined, and that is important.
“He is already inspiring the other players. As you saw in the last match, Eden passed the ball very often to Gonzalo.
“They speak the same language with the ball, so Gonzalo will be very important for us.”
Chelsea’s next game is against Manchester City on Sunday at the Etihad, and Sarri will be hoping the duo put up another assuring display.
With Manchester United beating Fulham 3-0 to claim the fourth place on the table, Chelsea will need at least a draw at the Etihad to take back their position in fourth.