With Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata struggling to get the goals for Chelsea, Maurizio Sarri opted to bring in his former player Gonzalo Higuain, who was on fire for him during their time at Napoli.
Higuain joined Chelsea on a six-month loan deal that will last until the end of the season, but the striker on loan from Juventus have only shown flashes of his brilliance and seems to be struggling in the Premier League.
The forward has scored three goals in seven Premier League appearances since linking up with Maurizio Sarri, and it seems he can’t cope with the intensity of the English game.
Speaking ahead of Chelsea’s trip to Cardiff, Sarri challenged Higuain to be at the ‘very top’ with the Blues looking to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League.
Sarri has now revealed that Higuain admitted the physicality of the English game is very high.
Asked if Higuain could still be at Chelsea next season, Sarri replied: “I don’t know. I’d like to see him at the top in the last two months.
“At the moment, only this is very important. We need Gonzalo at the very top.
“It’s not easy to get used to this championship. The level is different; the way of playing is different. Especially for a striker, it’s very difficult to get used to the Premier League in only one, two months.”
Sarri further revealed that the Argentine is still struggling to cope with defenders and referees in England.
“He said to me that it’s difficult because the physical impact of the defenders here is really very strong,” Sarri added.
“The referees here are really very different than in Italy, so it’s another football for him.
“Especially for the striker and the goalkeeper, I think it’s really very different.
“So I think he needs time, but we have no time. We need him at his top level in the last two months.”
After scoring a total of 31 goals in 75 appearances for Argentina, Higuain has decided to retire from international football, revealing that he wants to spend more time with his family.
“I think that it is over, thinking things through in depth, my time is up,” Higuain told Fox Sports.
“I want to enjoy my family, and my time. To the joy of many, and maybe not so much for others, my time is up.
“You can now stop worrying about whether I am there or not.”