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Chelsea striker Gonzalo Higuain reacted angrily to be subbed off in the 2–2 draw against Burnley last weekend.
With Chelsea in search of a winner on Monday night against a very defensive Sean Dyche’s side, Blues boss Maurizio Sarri decided to take off Higuain and bring in Oliver Giroud towards the end of the clash, and the January signing was disgusted at being subbed off and threw a drink bottle in frustration after being replaced.
Higuain was sharp in the first-half of the game and had a good performance, but he went missing in the second-half as Chelsea fought for the winner.
After being subbed off, Higuain went off angrily and as he sat down, a frustrated Higuain threw his bib and a bottle in anger in front of his teammates and Chelsea’s coaching staff.
The Argentine has struggled to make an impact at Chelsea, but was on song against the Clarets as he scored Chelsea’s second goal and had a good first-half.
However, Sarri has now defended Higuain’s reaction and has played down the incident, claiming that the Argentine was frustrated by the tactics of Burnley and the situation of the team rather than the substitution.
When asked if Higuain had been angry about being replaced, Sarri said: “In your opinion; in my opinion, he was really very angry about the situation on the pitch because we were not winning.
“I’ve not spoken to him. I’m really very happy if a player wants to play, wants to react.
“But I think that he was really very nervous for the situation because we were not winning.
“The situation on the pitch, as you have seen, was really very difficult against opponents who didn’t want to play. So it was frustrating, his situation, I think.”