Yes, Gonzalo Higuain and Eden Hazard Can Play Together - Maurizio Sarri

Yes, Gonzalo Higuain and Eden Hazard Can Play Together - Maurizio Sarri

Gonzalo Higuain and Eden Hazard both struck twice with David Luiz adding a late fifth as Chelsea ran riot in the second half against the Premier League's bottom club, easing the pressure on Sarri that intensified with Wednesday's shock collapse at the Vitality Stadium.

Higuain enjoyed the best season of his career under Sarri at Napoli, scoring 36 goals in 35 Serie A games, while Hazard had been singled out for criticism by the Blues boss of late.

He also feels playing Higuain and Hazard together in attack will reap rich benefits for Chelsea going forward this season.

"I know very well that, when he arrived, he wasn't at the top of his physical condition", Sarri said. Now he is improving.

"On the pitch they are really very suitable to play one close to the other", the 60-year-old Italian said.

A ruthless second half display by the Cherries saw the Blues suffer their heaviest defeat in the league for 23 years, with the 4-0 scoreline an event they suffered for only the second time in Premier League history.

"We tried everything to beat them but they showed they are also very hungry due to their defeat against Bournemouth".

Sarri has been left frustrated by his strikers this season, but is hopeful that the Argentine will regularly score the goals Chelsea need to secure a spot in the top four this season.

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"We need consistency now". "If you look at the view of football, we made it too easy for Bournemouth by losing the ball up front - everyone knows Bournemouth are going on the counter, and they were waiting for this".

"It was a very bad moment for us".

"We have to understand the level of the motivation must be the same in every match". It will be really very hard.

"It will be very hard, also for our opponents I think", Sarri added. We reckon Sarri's got this one wrong.

"We missed several moments when we could have shot", said Siewert.

Chelsea's penalty appeared soft after contact between Kachunga on Cesar Azpilicueta which began outside the box. "We had some chances before and then maybe we could have equalised before half-time and I'm not sure if it was a penalty", he said.

Chelsea fans were hoping to witness an injection of enthusiasm from Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi this afternoon, but Sarri has stuck the pair of them on the bench.

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