Gonzalo Higuain on adapting to the Premier League, his and Chelsea’s targets for the rest of the season, and what it’s like playing alongside Eden Hazard…
As Maurizio Sarri pointed out in his press conference on Friday, it is tough for a striker new to the Premier League ‘to play immediately well’. However, the boss believes Gonzalo Higuain can have a major impact on the rest of our campaign, and it is a viewpoint the Argentinean shares as he considers the crucial weeks ahead.
Higuain has netted three goals for the Blues since joining on loan from Juventus in January, including a superb brace against Huddersfield on his home debut. He says he has been enjoying life at Stamford Bridge so far and wants to help the Blues finish the season on a high.
‘I’m happy here,’ Higuain said. ‘It’s always nice to try a new league and it’s my first taste of the Premier League.
‘Obviously it’s a period where I’m adapting but I’m hoping that, although I’ve only got a short time, I can finish well. The best thing we can do is qualify for the Champions League and hopefully win the Europa League too.
‘We’re coming towards the end so it’s about finishing as strongly as possible. The main objective is to finish in the top four so we can play in the Champions League and also to encourage other players to come and play for the club. That’s what the squad are hoping for, so that we can add players next season, and to finish the season well and make people happy.
‘From a personal point of view I want to do as well as I can so I can be here for next season,’ Higuain added. ‘That’s my intention.
‘I came here and I wanted to stay. It’s a good city, you live well and you can be relaxed but also enjoy yourself. So my intention is to stay here.’
Higuain has enjoyed great success in Spain and Italy during an illustrious, trophy-laden career. But what has he made of the Premier League after two months and eight appearances?
‘You watch the games on TV and you see that it’s a fast and powerful league to play in, but when you’re playing it’s even more so. You come up against defenders that are really strong.
‘Also, we’ve seen any team can beat any other team. We’re one point off the Champions League spot so we have an opportunity to put pressure on the other teams for the end of the season.’
As someone who has played alongside such stars of the game as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, Higuain is well placed when it comes to judging talent. He believes Eden Hazard is right up there.
‘It’s an honour and a pleasure to play with him. He’s a great player and I hope he knows how important he is to the team because he can make the difference towards the end of the season.’