Chelsea striker Gonzalo Higuain is delighted to be reunited with Maurizio Sarri, who ‘gets the best out of me’, and feels more ‘relaxed’ in the Premier League.
Higuain scored his first goals for Chelsea during their 5-0 thrashing of Huddersfield Town on Saturday, and the former Napoli, Juventus and Milan striker is loving life as a Premier League hitman.
“I can see there is a change from the Italian League because here the defenders go into you harder, especially when you receive the ball to feet,” he told the Evening Standard.
“This is a big difference, but I have got a good impression of English football and as I gradually get to know my teammates it will only get better for me.
“When I was growing up I watched all of the different Leagues, but especially lately you see a lot more of the Premier League so I knew about it before I came here.
“I think it’s a very fascinating League and also the way they play here in England — with a lot of dynamism — is really great.
“The stadiums are full, there’s a great atmosphere, so this is something very nice for the players and in the streets you can go about your day very calmly, very relaxed.
“You don’t have to worry about many things and this is important for the players because it actually allows you live life like an ordinary person.
“Sarri is the coach who has got the best out of me as a player. He’s someone who knew how to work with me, particularly on the emotional side.
“That [2015-16] was a wonderful season, one in which I broke the goalscoring record, which is very important out there.
“It was a fantastic year for myself and Maurizio, a period which we shared together, even though it was for a short time.
“I’m just happy to be working with him again at a big club, which has so much history and wonderful teammates.
“I’m really happy to have been given the opportunity to do that and I want to get back to that level.
“I think everything is set on the right path to achieve our goals by the end of the season.”