Why Higuain is key to Sarri's system

Matt Law believes Gonzalo Higuain is key for Chelsea to succeed under Sarri.

“What you could see on Saturday, even though it was against Huddersfield, was that with Higuain, with a proper striker, you could see how the system is meant to work in the attacking areas,” he said. “All season they’d either been playing with Eden Hazard as the false nine or Alvaro Morata. The whole system was basically falling down.

“You could only get so far with pass, pass, pass, pass and pass. Then there was no movement from whoever was playing through the middle and it would fall down in the attacking areas. In a lot of matches they weren’t really creating a lot of chances.

“So, albeit against Huddersfield where you could have probably played in any system and won the game quite convincingly, you got a look and a feeling of how the system is now meant to work with a proper striker.

“Hazard started on the left but he was playing very close to Higuain, almost like a partner, and it wasn’t breaking down any more. They, along with Willian, were working in tandem and they were creating chances.

“They looked dangerous. For that style of football it was very encouraging for them.”

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