I Hope I Am His Father – Sarri Speaks Of Higuain
The Blues boss is hoping to channel his paternal side to get the best out of his club’s striker.
Maurizio Sarri has described himself as Gonzalo Higuain’s ‘football father’, as he talked about his ability to get the best out of the new Chelsea signing after reuniting with the striker.
Higuain’s brace in last weekend’s 5-0 win over Huddersfield Town means that he has scored 37 goals in 37 league games under the Blues boss, dating back to when the pair worked together at Napoli.
Chelsea signed Higuain in January, as they took over AC Milan’s loan arrangement with Juventus, with an option to buy the 31-year-old for £32 million ($41m) at the end of the season.
The reunion is already showing signs that it will help a previously struggling Chelsea attack and Sarri spoke about his special relationship with the Argentina international.
“I hope that I am the football father [of Higuain],” Sarri told reporters. “Mentally, I think that we’re the same. I think that Gonzalo is suitable for my football. So the feeling is really fantastic, it is a football feeling.
“He needs confidence, first of all. He needs a very good relationship with the coach and his team-mates.
Sometimes he needs a message from the coach in the press conference.
“At the moment, he is really very keen. He can play a really good season, in the last part of the season. As you have seen in the last match, Eden passed the ball to Gonzalo very often. They speak the same language with the ball. So I think that Gonzalo will be important for us.”
With Sarri as his manager, Higuain broke the Serie A record for goals in a season, scoring 35 times in 36 games during the 2015-16 campaign.