In her latest blog for the official Chelsea website, season ticket holder Hannah Kurzawski reflects on a positive result and a eye-catching partnership between Eden Hazard and Gonzalo Higuain against Huddersfield...
If there was one thing we needed after the disappointing result against Bournemouth in midweek, it was Saturday’s fine performance and result at Stamford Bridge.
It was the perfect response. A thoroughly convincing win, a great attacking display and our new centre-forward finding himself on the scoresheet for the Blues for the first time, not once, but twice.
I was a little apprehensive on my way to SW6 on Saturday. While in recent weeks we’ve enjoyed reaching the final of the League Cup by knocking out Spurs at home and also qualifying for the fifth round of the FA Cup, the Blues were going into this game against Huddersfield on the back of two consecutive losses in the Premier League.
February is when the season starts to go up a gear, with the knockout stages of European competitions beginning and the latter stages of the cup competitions approaching, all in quick succession with league games. Chelsea have a testing month coming up.
The Blues face Manchester City twice – once in the Premier League and again in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley, they meet with Manchester United in the FA Cup, play two legs against Malmö FF in the Europa League, and also welcome Spurs back to Stamford Bridge at the end of the month. It’s a big month, that’s for sure.
Fortunately, Chelsea’s 5-0 win against Huddersfield was exactly the kind of display we were hoping for, and just when we needed it.
One thing that certainly didn’t go unnoticed from Saturday’s game was the partnership between Gonzalo Higuain and Eden Hazard. There were 21 passes made between the duo against the Terriers, which is the most between the Belgian and a forward this season so far. It seemed as though the two were on the same wavelength throughout, with the Argentinian always in the right place to find the end of Hazard’s crosses into the box.
For the Chelsea fans in Stamford Bridge on Saturday it was exciting to witness, and could hopefully be the answer to what the Blues have been missing in the League in recent weeks.
The weekend’s cold and snowy weather in London didn’t seem to faze our new striker, with Higuain becoming the first Chelsea player to score twice on his Stamford Bridge League debut since Mario Stanic versus West Ham in August 2000. The 31-year-old now has 37 goals in as many league appearances under Maurizio Sarri, having played for him at Napoli between 2015 and 2016. Saturday’s display made it clear why the Blues boss was keen to reunite with him at Chelsea, but Sarri states there is still room for improvement as Higuain returns to fitness.
Let’s hope his arrival can spark ‘Sarri-ball’ well and truly in to Stamford Bridge, and the Blues can begin this backend of the season with a bang.