Maurizio Sarri says Gonzalo Higuain and Eden Hazard are “suitable” to play with each other, as the pair both struck twice in Chelsea’s dominant victory over Huddersfield, which moved the Blues back into the top four.
It was Higuain’s first goals since signing on loan from Juventus in the January transfer window.
“Higuain is improving,” said Sarri. “He wasn’t physically at the top when he arrived, because he had a back problem and wasn’t involved, so only played a few matches.
“He is a great player. Apart from the goals, he is really very suitable to play very close to Eden.”
Argentina international Higuain opened the scoring in the 16th minute at Stamford Bridge.
N’Golo Kante played him in with a delightful reverse pass to beat the offside trap and the striker finished first time, lashing his shot in at the near post.
Just before half-time Elias Kachunga nudged Cesar Azpilicueta over and referee Paul Tierney awarded a penalty, although replays suggested the foul occurred outside the penalty area.
Hazard stepped up to smash in the penalty and score his first league goal since 26 December.
The Belgium international made it 3-0 on 66 minutes, rounding Terriers keeper Jonas Lossl and slotting in from a tight angle.
And just three minutes later Higuain got his second, curling in a shot from the edge of the area, with the help of a deflection.
David Luiz added a fifth in the closing minutes, with a powerful header from a corner that was deflected into his own net by Kachunga.
The win ended a troubled week for Sarri, following Wednesday’s 4-0 loss to Bournemouth – their heaviest league defeat in 23 years.
Chelsea are now fourth, three points ahead of Arsenal, who play Manchester City on Sunday (16:30 GMT).