Sarri opens up on Higuain struggles
Gonzalo Higuain has admitted to Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri that he is struggling to adapt to life in the Premier League.
Striker Higuain retired from international duty on Thursday, bringing down the curtain on an Argentina career comprising 31 goals in 75 caps, an appearance in the 2014 World Cup final and Copa America finals in 2015 and 2016.
The 31-year-old joined Chelsea on loan from Juventus in January, scoring three goals in seven Premier League appearances.
Now Chelsea boss Sarri has called on Higuain to hit top form to spearhead the Blues' final Premier League top-four tilt, starting at Cardiff this afternoon.
"He said to me that it's difficult, because the physical impact of the defenders here is really very strong," Sarri said of the player's struggles to adapt.
"The referees here are really very different than in Italy, and so it's another football for him, especially for a striker and a goalkeeper, it's really very different.
"And so I think that he needs time, but we have no time. So we need him at his top level in the last two months."
Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.