Maurizio Sarri sends warning to players after Jorginho criticism

Gonzalo Higuain scored twice on his home Premier League debut

Gonzalo Higuain scored twice on his home Premier League debut

Sarri was pleased with Jorginho's role in Chelsea's greater fluidity going forward - they scored more than twice in a Premier League match for the first time since November - and claimed that the midfielder's less convincing displays this season have been due in part to the mistakes of those around him.

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. The question these days is not how to nullify central midfield pivot Jorginho, but merely who has been assigned the marking job.

He said: "Today is all positive, we played a full 90 minutes, defended very well, so it was a very good match but we need consistency now, we have to continue to play with the same mentality in all the matches".

But Sarri is also looking at using Kovacic in Jorginho's position after Chelsea decided against signing a like-for-like replacement for Cesc Fabregas, who joined Monaco.

"We have a lot of good players, a quality team, and very good players in front", the Brazilian told the club's official web portal.

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As the fulcrum of the system and symbol of "Sarriball", Jorginho has borne the brunt of the on-pitch criticism.

Andre Gomes has reignited his career at Everton and he has been one of the best players in an inconsistent team. He's a bit less of a target man than (Olivier) Giroud, but he can hold the ball, he can play one touches. Yet the ferocity and confidence of both of his finishes against Huddersfield, each dispatched with one sweeping touch, suggested he could provide exactly what has been missing.

"He's a great striker". He's intelligent. In the box he's unbelievable.

Sarri's changes had become extremely predictable and his favourite was to replace Kovacic with Barkley or vice-versa.

Chelsea next face a visit to Pep Guardiola's Manchester City, who recently beat Arsenal 3-1 courtesy of a Sergio Aguero hat-trick.

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