Gonzalo Higuaín, as one would expect any player with as much experience as he has in some the world’s toughest leagues, biggest teams, and grandest of football stages, says all the right things in his first interview(s) as a Chelsea players, whether that’s in written, spoken, or highlight form.
Basically, he’s here to chew bubblegum and score some goals, and he’s all out of bubblegum.
But first, in a gesture that highlights that football is the most important only of the least important things in life, Higuaín opened his interview by talking about his compatriot Emiliano Sala, who’s been missing since Monday night after the small airplane he was taking to Cardiff disappeared from radar. No traces of Sala, the pilot, or the plane has been found yet, and it’s hard to imagine anything but the worst outcome at this point.
“I send my strength. Hope is the last thing we can lose so we have to hold out hope that they are somewhere and, if that wasn’t to be the case, it will be a great loss.”
As far as the purpose of the interview, Higuaín talks of his excitement at linking up with Chelsea’s quality players (no specific names named to keep things truly professional), of playing in front of packed houses, of looking forward to the challenge of the Premier League (Toughest League In The World™, don’t you know), of repaying the trust shown in him by the club and director Marina Granovskaia, of living up to fans’ expectations, and of course of reuniting with Maurizio Sarri, who brought the best out of him in their one and only season together at Napoli.
“It was an opportunity that when it presented itself I couldn’t miss out on. I’m really excited to be here, to be working with Maurizio Sarri again and to be at a club with so much history. I’m just really happy to have completed the move and I hope to achieve all the goals which the club has set for itself between now and the end of the season.”
If Pipita can turn back the clock to 2015-16 — not many at Chelsea will want to do that, but for him, it should be imperative — we could indeed be in for some of the promised fun times of Sarrismo that have yet to truly surface.
“I think everything is set on the right path to achieve our goals by the end of the season.”
-Gonzalo Higuaín; source: Chelsea FC
So say we all.