Sarri: Higuain must improve

Maurizio Sarri accused his Chelsea players of reaching their mental ‘limit’ after more dropped points and warned Gonzalo Higuain ‘has to improve’.

Chelsea’s 2-0 defeat to Everton on Sunday saw Sarri’s side drop to sixth in the Premier League, while Higuain – on loan from Juventus – fired blanks for the seventh game of his Blues career.

“I think the situation is clear,” the former Napoli boss said after the match, football.london reports.

Maurizio Sarri accused his Chelsea players of reaching their mental ‘limit’ after more dropped points and warned Gonzalo Higuain ‘has to improve’.

Chelsea’s 2-0 defeat to Everton on Sunday saw Sarri’s side drop to sixth in the Premier League, while Higuain – on loan from Juventus – fired blanks for the seventh game of his Blues career.

“I think the situation is clear,” the former Napoli boss said after the match, football.london reports.

“We played probably the best 45 minutes of the season and then suddenly at the beginning of the second half we stopped to play, without defending so we were in trouble.

“The situation is clear. The situation is not a physical problem because if it is you go down gradually, not one second. It is difficult for the players to explain the change.

“At the moment this is our limit. If we are [not] able to play with consistency then it is a big problem.

“We lost a similar match to Wolverhampton. For us it is a big limit. You have to take your chances, we had six or seven opportunities.

“We had only to score. First of all we needed to stay into the match. Higuain struggling? In this moment, yes of course. 

“Today he had an opportunity. Too few for him I think. He can do more. He had problems at the beginning of the week so today it was normal he could only play for 65 minutes. He has to improve physically and mentally.”

The result inevitably fuelled reports that the Londoners could sack the 60-year-old during the international break…

“Top four? If you are speaking about the second half you are right, the first half we can do anything. If we play eight matches like the first half then we can do everything,” he hit back.

“I am worried about the mentality but we played the best 45 minutes of the season without conceding a shot.

“If we play the second half then we are in trouble. Today was important for us, so now we have less opportunities. We have to fight. 

“It is not impossible. Why impossible? It is not impossible in eight matches. It is if we cannot improve and avoid a second half like today.

“We need to play like the first half for eight matches.”

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