MAURIZIO SARRI says Gonzalo Higuain and Eden Hazard speak the same language on the pitch.
Chelsea boss Sarri is already seeing a bond between his new striker and star player Hazard — just in time for a tough test at Manchester City tomorrow.
Two goals each for Hazard and Higuain last weekend against Huddersfield led to them being dubbed the Blues’ H-bombs.
Sarri said: “As you have seen in the last match, Eden passed very often to Gonzalo, they speak the same language with the ball.
“Gonzalo will be very important for us because of this.
“He is very suitable for my game, my feeling is fantastic.
“Gonzalo is a great player. He did very well everywhere. At Real Madrid, Napoli.
“Maybe not very well at AC Milan — but he’s a great player and very useful for Eden. They are really very suitable to play together. It’s very important for us that he’s determined now.
“His impact with the other players was good for us.
“At the moment he is very keen, so I think he can play a really good season, or at least the last part of the season.
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“He needs confidence first of all. He needs a good relationship with the coach and his team-mates.”
In private, Sarri is hopeful that Higuain’s impact could perhaps even influence Hazard to decide to stay at Chelsea.
The Belgium star, 28, has made no attempt to quash speculation linking him to Real Madrid.
The Blues’ key player also claims he has finally made a decision about his future — but will keep everybody guessing until he thinks the time is right.
Sarri said: “I will be happy with him if he stays, because he’s the best in Europe. It’s up to him. I want to see him happy.”
Hazard’s team-mate until a few weeks ago, Cesc Fabregas — now at Monaco — claims this is a big hint the Blues hero is ready to sign a £300,000-a-week deal to stay put.
Fabregas said: “If he already said that he has made his choice, I think he will renew.
“Hazard would never get into a disagreement with Chelsea because he wants to leave.
“It is the club of his life and he has won everything in England playing for them.” A blossoming relationship with Higuain will be placed under considerable strain at the Etihad.
Sarri has a fully-fit squad, yet Chelsea sit 12 points behind the Premier League leaders.
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And Sarri admits his Blues are a long way off even thinking about challenging the champions for the title.
He said: “The Premier League is very competitive. It’s not easy to win or even make the Champions League. It’s difficult. We need to work — but they are an example for every club.”
Sarri insists he is good pals with counterpart Pep Guardiola despite their rivalry, with the Blues beating City 2-0 in December.
The Italian said: “We have a very good relationship.
“Normally during the summer we have dinner together. I hope he speaks very well about me as a coach and as a friend.”