WHY OPPOSITION TEAMS WON’T LIKE PLAYING AGAINST GONZALO HIGUAIN

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On his Premier League home debut against Huddersfield, new signing Gonzalo Higuain scored a brace as Chelsea won 5-0.

Chelsea legend Pat Nevin took note of the striker’s movement against Huddersfield and believes opposition teams would find it difficult stopping Higuain because he can score from outside the box if opposition teams limit space in the box by sitting deep.

Higuain’s first goal was from inside the box after receiving a pass from N’golo Kante and his second was a curled shot into the top right corner from outside the box after also receiving a pass from Kante.

“I was on the BBC’s Football Focus before the game and talked about Gonzalo’s movement on his debut against Sheffield Wednesday,”

Nevin told Chelsea’s official website.

“It was uncanny that early on he then made the same movement from almost the same square yard of grass to almost score. Minutes later, he actually bagged his first goal in front of the Shed End and yet again it was from precisely the same spot.

“If you play with a player who has certain runs he particularly likes to make, then it is that much easier to find him. You don’t even have to look before passing; you just know he will be there. The lovely little pass by N’Golo Kante for the opener showed it perfectly.

“N’Golo notched two assists on the day, something I am not sure he has done before in Chelsea blue. Actually, I am not sure he has had a double assist in Leicester or French blue either. It just goes to show once again how much he is growing into this new role.

“Other teams will have noted Higuain’s movement into that ‘inside right’ area so it was great for our new striker to send another alternative message in the second half.

“If defenders want to drop a bit deeper to stop that little darting run he makes between the centre backs, well he can always just pop out to the 18-yard line and curl a cracker into the top corner from there instead.”

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