There was a welcome return to winning ways in the Premier League for the Blues this afternoon as Huddersfield were ruthlessly swept aside at the Bridge, with Gonzalo Higuain scoring his first two Chelsea goals, including a stunning second-half strike.
The outstanding Eden Hazard also netted a brace, the first of which coming from the penalty spot, while David Luiz completed the scoring with a late header.
It was a positive all-round display from Maurizio Sarri’s side, who dominated from very early on and took the lead through Higuain, who finished well from an N’Golo Kante pass in the 16th minute.
The Italian was delighted with his team’s performance, and the reaction to Wednesday’s defeat at Bournemouth.
‘I think we started very well in the first 25-30 minutes. I saw my football, we moved the ball very fast, we had good movements without the ball and we were very dangerous. I’m really very happy, we played well for 90 minutes and defended well for 90 minutes. We played a good match but we need consistency now.’
February is a big month, with fixtures against Man City (twice), Man United and Tottenham
‘It will be very difficult, but also for our opponents. At the moment we have to be happy with our season because in February we are still involved in four different competitions. We know we have to fight to stay in the top four. Then we have to try to win something. It will be very difficult because in the Carabao Cup we had to play Liverpool and Tottenham, and now Man City, it’s like the Champions League. So here in England everything is very difficult. The championship is very competitive and we know now we need consistency in our performances.
‘Today they were very motivated but we lost 4-0 in the last match so they had to react. Now we have to understand the level of motivation must be the same in every match.’
With Higuain and Hazard both scoring twice, Sarri felt today’s game showed how they complement each other
‘I know very well when Higuain arrived he wasn’t at the top of his physical condition. Now he’s improving and I’m happy because apart from the goals he’s very suitable to play close to Eden.
‘On the pitch they’re very suitable to play with one close to the other. For us it’s very useful to have Higuain because he will be able to score a lot of goals, but it’s also important for Eden.’