Chelsea can drop points and still make top four - Sarri

Apr 07, 2019, 00:12
Chelsea can drop points and still make top four - Sarri

Olivier Giroud, Chelsea's back-up striker, has scored more goals than Higuain since his arrival.

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has insisted that he wants to keep striker Gonzalo Higuain at the club beyond the end of this season, despite his struggles since arriving on loan from Juventus in January.

However, Sarri again acknowledged that Higuain "needs to improve" and is not finding the transition to English football easy.

"It's not easy in the first months to play in the Premier League".

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Higuain is running out of time to convince Chelsea to extend his loan for another season or sign him permanently, but Sarri is adamant that the Argentine will have a big role to play in the final stretch of the season.

"I think we have to fight until the last minute of the last match, but without looking at the other results".

Sarri feels that the Argentinian attacker has to improve both physically and mentally, but drew comparisons to La Liga goal machine Luis Suarez.

'Of course it will be hard, but I have to consider in this moment of the season we need to change, ' Sarri said at his pre-match press conference.

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Barcelona ace Suarez has 129 goals in just 159 La Liga appearances and previously graced the Premier League with Liverpool. "It's not clear the situation", said Sarri.

Higuain is now on six-month loan, but Chelsea have the option to extend that for an additional 12 months for £15.5m or sign him on a permanent basis £31m.

Chelsea FC will return to Premier League action on Monday night when they host bitter local rivals West Ham United at Stamford Bridge.

'We have played 51 matches, and in the last part of the season I want 20 players completely involved in our targets.

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