Eden Hazard reckons Gonzalo Higuain will flourish in the Premier League after the Argentinian hitman opened his Chelsea account with a brace in Saturday’s victory against Huddersfield Town.
While the 31-year-old striker put in an indifferent display in his league debut in the loss against Bournemouth, the match against the Terriers showed why Maurizio Sarri pulled all the strings he could to get Higuain at west London. Two strikes of varying craft reminded Stamford Bridge of the Argentine’s top calibre while his off-the-ball movement impressed as well, leading to Sarri believing Higuain will form a great connection with Hazard, who scored a brace himself and like the Blues head coach, the Belgian was no less than impressed with the new signing.
Higuain praise from Hazard
“We try to work with each other, Higuain is a new player but he knows what the manager wants,” said the 28-year-old forward. “He is a great striker and he can score a lot of goals. England is different than Italy and Spain but he has that ability. If Giroud or I play as striker we always try and help each other.”
Despite going back to winning ways in style, the west Londoners face a daunting task ahead with a visit to reigning titlists Manchester City and Hazard has preached cautious optimism ahead of next week’s clash at the Etihad.
“After this game our confidence is better than two days ago but we play the champions so we know it will be difficult. We beat them at Stamford Bridge so why not again? I always say when we lose a game, we need to win the game after and we did well today. We played one of the best games of our season and scored five great goals,” continued Hazard, who urged Chelsea to maintain their standards game after game.
“The fans were not happy on Wednesday and now they are so we are happy. We want to keep playing like this, like the manager wants. ‘I think he (Sarri) will be happy, because he was wanting a reaction from us and we gave him one.”