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Sarri: I hope I am Higuain’s ‘football father’

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has been talking about Gonzalo Higuain’s mental strength and his relationship with the striker. 

The Argentine forward got off the mark with a brace against Huddersfield Town last weekend, helping the Blues to a crushing 5-0 victory over the embattled outfit.

Higuain had failed to score in his first two outings for the club since signing on loan from Juventus during the January transfer window, but Chelsea boss Sarri revealed the player has a mental toughness going back to their days together at Napoli.

“At the moment he is really very determined,” Sarri told chelseafc.com.

“In my first season in Naples he arrived later from the Copa America. He missed the penalty in the last match in Serie A and he missed the penalty in the final, but he reacted really very well. He was really very keen and he played an exceptional season. I think he is able react very well to the difficulties.

‘He is really very keen so I think he can play very good in the last part of the season.’

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When asked about their relationship, Sarri revealed they had a very father-son connection when it comes to football, while stressing the importance of his arrival to the team.

‘I hope that I am the football father. I don’t know the mother of Gonzalo!’

‘Gonzalo is very suitable for my football, so the feeling is really fantastic but it is a football feeling.’

‘I think so, I am not sure, but my feeling is this at the moment. As you have seen in the last match, Eden passed the ball very often to Gonzalo. They speak the same language with the ball, and so I think Gonzalo will be very important for us for this.

‘He needs confidence first of all. He needs a very good relationship with the coach, with the team-mates, and sometimes he needs a message from the coach in the press conference.’

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