Sarri press conference: boss on Higuain, superb Hazard, dropping Rudiger and responding to fans’ criticism

Live updates as Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri speaks to the media after the game against Huddersfield.

The Blues had few problems against a poor Terriers side. And it was the ideal response to the 4-0 midweek defeat against Bournemouth which saw Sarri heavily criticised by his own fans.

Sarri will no doubt be reflecting on Gonzalo Higuain’s first Chelsea goals, a superb performance by Eden Hazard – who also scored twice – and his decision to drop Antonio Rudiger.

Sarri said the team started very well in the first 30 minutes and he saw “his football”.

“We moved the ball very fast and were very dangerous.”

Sarri said Chelsea must be pleased with their season so far as they are still involved in four competitions.

“We have to fight to stay in the top four and try to win a cup.

“We need consistency.”

Sarri was delighted with Hazard and Higuain.

“I knew he was not at the top of his physical condition but he is improving

“Apart from the goals he is really very suitable to play close to Eden. They are really suitable to play close to each other. It is very useful for us.

“Higuain will be able to score lots of goals.”

Sarri said the performance was excellent but they should not have to lose matches as badly as they did against Bournemouth – where he was jeered by Chelsea fans – to show their motivation.

Sarri said consistency is key in the Premier League and it is very difficult to play every three days. But they must do better and regularly play like they did against Huddersfield.

“We need to improve the mentality and play with the same level of urgency and dedication.”

That’s the lot from a rather hurried Maurizio Sarri press conference as the Italian is then ushered away for his next round of media duties.
He seemed relatively happy, but perhaps showed signs of still being a bit sore following the midweek mauling by Bournemouth.

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