After getting off the mark in a Chelsea shirt last weekend, Gonzalo Higuain hopes his goals can continue to help the team achieve victories – starting in this afternoon’s big game away at Manchester City.
It was Higuain who broke the deadlock in last Saturday’s 5-0 win over Huddersfield with a brilliant first-time finish, and the Argentinian added a superb second after the break, curling a powerful strike into the top corner from outside the penalty area.
With the Blues facing a stern examination of our credentials at the Etihad later today, it’s likely we will need Higuain to once again display a ruthless streak in front of goal.
‘The more goals I score, the more confidence I have and the better I feel about my game,’ said the striker as he reflected on last week’s brace.
‘It’s also important to help my team so I’m really happy. It was a beautiful experience to play in such a wonderful stadium and I hope with time this team is going to be able to achieve all the goals that it can.
‘I think scoring goals is the most beautiful thing you can do and, particularly as an attacker, it’s what you live for. The day I don’t enjoy scoring goals is the day I don’t enjoy football anymore and I can’t see that happening.’
Maurizio Sarri’s faith in Higuain has quickly become apparent, with the forward starting all three matches since completing his loan move to the club just over a fortnight ago.
Under Sarri’s guidance, Higuain enjoyed the best season of his career at Napoli, breaking a longstanding goalscoring record in Italy, and he is confident the Blues boss can help his recapture his very best form.
‘He’s a trainer I know very well,’ said the striker. ‘He’s someone who helps me, knows my game and knows how to get the best out of me. I’m really happy to be here with this wonderful team. It’s a wonderful club, a fantastic stadium and it’s a fantastic experience for me.
‘He’s the coach who has got the best out of me. I know him well, he knows me well and I hope I’ll get back to the level I was at before. He’s the coach who is going to get me there.
‘After six years in Italy I felt I’d achieved a lot there and it was very demanding, of course, but when the opportunity came to move to England it was too big to miss out on. To join Maurizio, and Chelsea, I didn’t hesitate for a second. It’s a great sense of pride for me to be here and I want to perform to the best of my ability.’
Last weekend’s victory over Huddersfield, coupled with Arsenal’s defeat at Man City, ensured we moved back above the Gunners into fourth place. Having worked with the squad for a couple of weeks now, Higuain believes we are more than capable of finishing the season strongly.
‘I think if you look at this season it started very well for Maurizio here at Chelsea, they went unbeaten for many games and then there was a little slide off which you expect from any team,’ he explained.
‘But right now it’s getting back to the level the team was at right at the start of the season, I look around and see people who are focused and concentrated in doing what the coach is asking of them.
‘So I really hope we can now achieve all our objectives in terms of the competitions we’re fighting for and, of course, qualifying for the Champions League.’
Higuain, who has already experienced playing in Argentina, Spain and Italy, has quickly had to adapt to the demands of English football. He spoke about the different challenges the nature of the game in this country present.
‘It’s obvious you have to be at the top of your condition to play here, it’s very demanding but it also makes you a better player,’ he said.
‘You have to be at the top of your game because nobody will give you any gifts, you have to be concentrated for 90 minutes.’