Groundhog Day at Chelsea as Maurizio Sarri pins goal hopes on Gonzalo Higuain

Groundhog Day at Chelsea as Maurizio Sarri pins goal hopes on Gonzalo Higuain

Asked to explain Higuain’s incredible form under him at Napoli, Sarri said: “It’s very difficult to say the reason. I think that, in that season, he played in a team very suitable for him. So, every player, I remember, was very involved in Higuain’s record. So, there are a lot of reasons, I think. Not only the coach, of course.”

But Sarri appeared to be clearer on who he believes is responsible for the success or failure of Chelsea’s transfer dealings, when asked when Higuain would arrive.

“I don’t know,” said Sarri. “I cannot help you. I spoke with Marina two weeks ago, so Marina knows my opinion on how to improve the team. Then I decided to focus on the pitch, on matches and training.

“I am confident because I know Marina is working very hard, but I don’t know the market at all. So, I don’t call her every evening, otherwise I spend all my mental energy on the market. I think it’s better if I spend all my mental energies on the pitch.”

Chelsea are still deliberating over whether to grant Sarri’s second wish of a like-for-like midfield replacement for Cesc Fabregas to ease the load on Jorginho, having carefully considered Leandro Paredes, who is now linked with Paris St-Germain, and Cagliari’s Nicolo Barella.

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