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Higuain: 'Sarri and I both stubborn!'


Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain has opened up about his relationship with coach Maurizio Sarri. “We are both stubborn!”

Higuain played under Sarri for a single season at Napoli in 2015-16, in which the striker scored 36 league goals, breaking the record set by Milan legend Gunnar Nordhal in the 1950s.

The Argentine then shared a half season with Sarri whilst together at Chelsea last year, before coming together again at Juventus this season.

“I have learnt a lot from every manager I have worked with, but there’s no doubt Mr Sarri is the one who gets the best out of me. He never gives up. Sarri is so stubborn and, with me, it helps,” Higuain told The Daily Telegraph.

“We have a good relationship but, as we are both stubborn, sometimes we clash, but it’s a good conflict.

“There’s nothing wrong with being stubborn: if you are not stubborn enough, you don’t have success and you disappear among the others. And I am only stubborn in football.”

Sarri described Higuain as a “goal animal, an infernal machine.” Yet Higuain insists that Sarri has never said those words to him.

“I think that Mr Sarri and I take out the best of each other. He saw me, he was with me, he witnessed the best season I have had and that’s why he knows me so well and maybe that’s why he said it. The problem is Mr Sarri has never said that to me! I know he has told others, but not me!”

Higuain has played in Serie A, La Liga and the Premier League, and has also participated in World Cup and Copa America finals, but says there’s one trophy left he wants to win.

“I have played in the leagues I wanted to play in and scored in those leagues. My career has been amazing. I don’t have anything to add or improve apart from this dream. I know that it is forbidden to say it but, in the end, it makes sense. We all want to win the Champions League.”

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