It was another frustrating evening for Chelsea as the Blues lost to Everton 2-0 at Goodison Park in a mixed display by Maurizio Sarri’s side.
Chelsea started the game brightly and were by far the better team in the first-half. However, the Blues lost confidence in the second-half and conceded a quick goal after the restart before Gylfi Sigurdsson ensured Chelsea lost the game 2-0.
Speaking after the game, Sarri admitted that January signing Gonzalo Higuain is struggling mentally and physically with the demands of the Premier League after enduring another frustrating evening against Everton.
Higuain missed Chelsea’s last game against Wolves through illness and lasted just over an hour as Sarri decided to withdraw him for Olivier Giroud.
Sarri blasted his players for their inability to score and said after the game: “You have to stay in the match if you are not able to score. In the first half we had six or seven goal opportunities, We were not able to score but we had only to stay in the match and defend very well, and sooner or later if you are able to create the opportunities you score.”
Asked if Higuain was struggling, Sarri went on: “Today Gonzalo Higuain had an opportunity” he went on, “but too few for him. He had a problem at the start of the week, a strong stomach ache with fever so today it is normal he was able to play for 60 to 65 minutes, but he needs to improve his physical and mental condition.”
Higuain has scored in just two of his 10 appearances since his January loan move from AC Milan, and the Argentine has only three goals to his name since joining Chelsea.