Maurizio Sarri has given an update on his main striker’s primary fitness levels. Higuain is uncertain to play on Sunday.
“We will see [if Higuain will be fit],” Sarri said after the win over Dynamo. “He had a bad stomach ache with a fever earlier this week. It’s not a serious problem, so he should be able to play, but I don’t know yet. We will see.”
One player who will be unhappy about Sarri’s over-reliance on Gonzalo will be Olivier Giroud. The French striker scored a massive hattrick on Thursday and has his eyes set on a starting role.
Asked whether he would accept life as a substitute at Chelsea, Giroud said: “No chance. I’m a competitor and I want to play every single game and to be happy on the pitch. I have been through a lot of tough moments in my career. I just want to enjoy playing my football after winning the World Cup last summer. I want to take maximum pleasure on the pitch. That’s why when I play I try to enjoy the game as much as I can.
“I am not picking the team, the manager makes some choices. I play in the Europa League and I am happy to help the team to go through the stages step by step. The target is clearly to win it. The Premier League is another thing. I’m 32 but I’m still young. I feel very well physically. When I do the tests on the treadmill I have to say I have one of the best tests [at the club]. Physically I feel very good.”
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