Chelsea striker Giroud welcomes Higuain competition at Stamford Bridge


"I think in this match we played with another mind, another motivation, another determination".

At 31 years of age, it could be argued his best days may be behind him but Zola, who moved to Chelsea from Napoli aged 30 himself in 1996 and went on to become a fans' favourite, is confident Higuain will be a success.

Gianfranco Zola is backing loan signing Gonzalo Higuain to hit the ground running at Stamford Bridge.

After an excellent start to Sarri's reign in charge, Chelsea has stumbled since losing for the first time under the Italian against Spurs at the end of November. "I'm not even sure it's still considered swearing!"

New signing Piatek, who arrived from Genoa this week for a reported €35million, came off the bench for Cutrone after 71 minutes but was denied by a good David Ospina save with his only clear chance.

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"I expected Milan to have a defensive approach, as they use lines of five and it's hard to overcome that".

Hazard also lauded Higuain as "one of the best strikers at the moment", adding: "I like to play with top, top players".

Giroud understands this and that's why I like to play with him, and I think Higuain is going to do the same.

Sheffield Wednesday assistant manager Steve Agnew: "We have tried to give the players some forward thinking positive ideas to the weaknesses that we think Chelsea have but we will have to be organised and more than anything show good concentration.

We hope it is a celebration of sport and I hope that the police can spend a quiet evening", he said in a meeting at the Piazza Guglielmo Oberdan.

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"This season we are playing well, but sometimes we miss the one guy just to score one goal".

"That's what allowed me to get into the system quickly".

He's a natural goal-scorer, who can add much-needed productivity to the Chelsea attack that has appeared over-reliant on the scoring prowess of Eden Hazard.

"But if you want to help yourself, and you know you're in that state, it's only you that can get out of it".

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