Chelsea decline to comment on Hudson-Odoi’s reported transfer request

Willian opened the scoring for Maurizio Sarri's men from the spot kick.

Chelsea have named their starting team and substitutes to play host to Championship side Sheffield Wednesday in a fourth round FA Cup tie at Stamford Bridge this evening.

Higuain's arrival at Chelsea prompted speculation over the future of France worldwide Olivier Giroud at Stamford Bridge.

But those claps and cheers were merely a mask for disappointment on a day where Higuain did not do much to convince fans he was the solution to their striker problems.

Chelsea have produced a flurry of activity this transfer window, move so than any other Premier League club this far with Gonzalo Higuain arriving, the bid accepted for Christian Pulisic to arrive in the summer, and much-maligned forward Alvaro Morata expected to move on loan to Atletico Madrid.

He added to the BBC: 'We are pleased with Gonzalo Higuain's performance, he was trying to find the space and get on the ball. "It wasn't easy as they had a lot of players round him".

Chelsea's win over Wednesday follows just a few days after their dramatic penalty shoot-out win over Tottenham in the Carabao Cup semi-final and Zola was delighted to see their upturn in form continue. "We did very well pressing the ball, covering the ball, and the boss is always talking about that".

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Higuain's true worth will be seen in his ability to facilitate more focus and cohesion in Chelsea's attack, which has been blunter than a butter knife in recent weeks. We believe in what he can do for this team.

However after such a successful season, the former Real Madrid striker almost retired from the sport after receiving some bad news while away on worldwide duty.

"I'm sure he can handle these expectations".

  • Steve Townsend