The initial wave of excitement that greeted his arrival at Stamford Bridge is long gone; now every Chelsea performance is scrutinised for evidence either of a corner turned or a tipping point reached.
Eden Hazard believes Gonzalo Higuain's first two goals for Chelsea in Saturday's 5-0 rout of Huddersfield are just the beginning for the Argentine ace, with whom he foresees a potentially lethal partnership in the Premier League run in.
The same article states Chelsea FC have already started their search for a new manager to prepare for the eventuality that Sarri is unable to secure Champions League football at Stamford Bridge next season.
Sarri spoke about his midfield options ahead of what's going to be a congested month of games in which he's likely to rotate his squad.
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The west London side will also have a date with Manchester United in the fifth round of the FA Cup, followed by a round of 32 fixture with Malmo in the Europa League, as well as a match with Tottenham after the League Cup final.
Chelsea striker Gonzalo Higuain has been discussing how he is adapting to life in English football. "He's a bit less of a target man than Giroud, but he can hold the ball, he can play one touches and he's intelligent".
"We were really very unsafe, we didn't play back to the opposition goal like in the last match with five players sometimes". He scored two goals, but perhaps more importantly, proved that he can strike ideal chemistry with new signing Gonzalo Higuain.
Eight months in, Maurizio Sarri has reached the fork in the road that all Chelsea coaches arrive at sooner or later. "If we are able to improve in mentality then it will be easier to arrive in every match with the right level of application, of determination". We were willing to play forward.
"Sometimes we missed the moment of a shot or a pass".