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).
But it is an 11th defeat in 12 league games for the Terriers, who remain bottom of the league and 13 points from safety.
Chelsea came into the game having lost successive league matches against Arsenal and Bournemouth.
In recent weeks Sarri has questioned their motivation and Wednesday’s defeat led to an angry dressing room inquest.
His players gave the perfect response against Huddersfield, with a free-flowing attacking performance in what felt like a must-win game.
Chelsea had failed to score in three of their past four league games going into Saturday’s match, which was why Sarri brought in Higuain.
The 31-year-old, who had scored just eight goals in 22 appearances for AC Milan in the first half of the season, showed Chelsea exactly what he can bring to the side with clinical finishing.
Higuain played under Sarri while at Napoli in 2015-16, equalling the Serie A goalscoring record with 36 goals.
He continued his remarkable scoring record under Sarri on his home league debut, with his 37th and 38th goals in 37 league games for the Italian.
Sarri has previously said Hazard “has to do more” and the 28-year-old put in a performance to please his boss.
He was a constant menace in attack, terrorising the Terriers’ defence as he was given the run of Stamford Bridge and taking his goal tally to 15 for the season.
Sarri said: “Today is all positive, we played a full 90 minutes, defended very well, so it was a very good match but we need consistency now, we have to continue to play with the same mentality in all the matches.
“I hope in the future we will not need to lose a match to find the right mentality.”Sarri wants consistency from Chelsea
Blunt Terriers fail to fire again
This was Jan Siewert’s first away game in charge since succeeding David Wagner as Terriers boss and he was able to welcome back Aaron Mooy and Philip Billing.
But a change in manager has not solved their biggest problem, which is a lack of a goalscorer.
Stuck on just 13 league goals this season, they never looked like adding to that tally at Stamford Bridge, registering just two shots on target from five attempts.
Mooy had the best effort, heading over in the seventh minute, but that was as good as it got.
They also struggled in defence and were outclassed by Hazard, Higuain and Kante.
With just two wins all this season, they seem destined for a return to the Championship.
“I don’t feel well at the moment because we lost 5-0 and we cannot compete with Chelsea,” said Siewert.
“I think when you look at the game we had the first chance then conceded early and the penalty came at the wrong moment. I’m not sure if it was a penalty.
“We will not talk about these decisions because we lost 5-0 and this doesn’t feel good. We had the first chance and had several moments but missed our shots. We have to be more aggressive in the box to go for our goals.”Huddersfield cannot compete with Chelsea – Siewert
Man of the match – Eden Hazard
Stats – Stamford Bridge becomes a fortress
Chelsea have only lost one of their past 16 home Premier League games (won nine, drawn six)
Huddersfield have failed to score in a league-high 13 different Premier League games this season.
Chelsea scored five goals in a Premier League game for the first time since December 2017, when they beat Stoke 5-0 at Stamford Bridge
Higuain became the first Chelsea player to score twice on their home league debut for the club since Mario Stanic v West Ham in August 2000
Kante provided two assists in a single league match for the first time in his top-flight career.
Chelsea travel to reigning champions Manchester City on Sunday, 10 February (16:00 GMT), while Huddersfield host Arsenal next Saturday (15:00 GMT).
With West Indies chasing only 14, John Campbell wrapped up victory with a six.
A three-day victory gave them a 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
It is West Indies’ first Test series win over England since 2009 and their first at home against a side other than Bangladesh and Zimbabwe since 2012.
Holder’s impressive team have a chance to secure a whitewash when the third Test in St Lucia begins on 9 February.
Woeful England fail to learn
This England side are not blessed with prodigious Test-match batsmen – only captain Joe Root and Ben Foakes average more than 40 and the latter has played just five matches.
But neither are West Indies, yet the hosts were able to adapt their game to eke out a vital lead on a challenging pitch, epitomised by Darren Bravo’s defiant 50 off 216 balls.
Bravo batted for 342 minutes – the third slowest fifty in Test history by time. England’s second innings lasted 270 minutes, the tourists having failed to learn from both their previous collapses in this series and the approach of their determined hosts.
Rory Burns cut a ball that was too close to him straight to third slip to depart for 16 and fellow opener Joe Denly – who was dropped on nought – was bowled for 17, leaving a delivery from Alzarri Joseph to end a nervy innings full of ill-advised shots.
Jonny Bairstow made 14 before he was bowled through the gate trying to drive Holder down the ground. He has been bowled in nine of his past 18 innings and 29 times this decade – the most of any batsmen in Tests.
In total, four England batsmen were bowled, Ben Stokes dragging on when playing too far away from his body and Moeen Ali missing an attempted drive down the ground off a very full delivery, both off Roach.
Of the recognised batsmen, only Root, Foakes and perhaps Jos Buttler were undone by fine deliveries. The rest were down to poor decision-making.
Holder leads superb side in fine style
England had the better of the morning session, bowling well to take the last four West Indies for 34 runs before Burns and Denly battled through to lunch.
With opening bowlers Shannon Gabriel and Roach dropping too short, Holder brought himself into the attack and struck with his first ball to remove Burns before dismissing Bairstow shortly after.
Joseph bowled beautifully in tandem with Holder, claiming 2-12 in a splendid seven-over spell, made all the more powerful given the 22-year-old was playing after his mother Sharon died in the early hours of Saturday.
Touching 90mph and finding sharp bounce, he knocked over Denly and had Root caught behind after Holder’s shrewd decision to call for a review, despite Joseph thinking it had only hit Root’s hip and not the glove as well.
Holder proved adept at using the decision review system again to help a revitalised Roach dismiss Foakes lbw for 13 – a ball that ducked in appearing to be sliding down in real time but shown on ball-tracking to be hitting leg stump.
Roach then trapped Stuart Broad in front and Holder had James Anderson caught by a diving Joseph at mid-on before raising his arms and yelling in celebration.
Holder dedicated the victory to Joseph and his family, a unified, spirited West Indies hoping this stunning series win is the start of a welcome resurgence.
‘England have a lot of uncertainty still’ – reaction
England captain Joe Root: “We’ve been outperformed once again and that’s quite hard to take. Scoring under 200 isn’t going to win you many games of cricket.
“West Indies know these conditions well and they’ve exploited them to their advantage. They’ve played some really good stuff at times and made it very difficult. They’re fully deserving of winning the series.”
England coach Trevor Bayliss on Sky Sports:“Our batting has been poor. Some of our shot selection was well below par. The first two dismissals today were very loose shots. That doesn’t set a great example for guys coming in.
We’ve got to be harder to get out. It’s a case of applying ourselves a little better. Our concentration and will to bat for a long period of time is the way forward.”
West Indies captain Jason Holder: “It’s difficult to describe my emotions.
“We wanted to do it for Alzarri’s mother. For him to come out, play and bowl the way he bowled, was a credit to him. This win is for him and his family.”
Man of the match Kemar Roach, who took 4-30 and 4-52: “It’s a special award. A series win at home against England, the third best team in the world, is fantastic. I’m proud of the guys.”
BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew on the BBC’s The Cricket Social: “This West Indies team is full of character – their resistance, the bravery, the stubbornness, the discipline to play for 131 overs compared to the way England went about their business. You couldn’t blame the pitch for many of England’s dismissals.”
Most headers & most sub appearances – Crouch’s Premier League record
Crouch was handed his Premier League debut at Aston Villa by Graham Taylor – at the age of 21. He started in a 3-2 defeat against Bolton in March 2002 and his team-mates included Peter Schmeichel, Steve Staunton and Gareth Barry.
Crouch’s club-by-club Premier League career
A veteran of 42 England caps, Crouch has scored the most headed goals in the Premier League and made 152 substitute appearances – the most in Premier League history.
Most headed goals in Premier League
Premier League goals
Peter Crouch (Aston Villa, Southampton, Liverpool, Portsmouth, Tottenham, Stoke)
Alan Shearer (Blackburn, Newcastle)
Dion Dublin (Man Utd, Coventry, Aston Villa)
Of the 28 players to score 100 Premier League goals or more, Crouch is the oldest. He brought up his century playing for Stoke against Everton on 1 February 2017 – two days after turning 36.
He has also scored for each of the six clubs he has played for in the Premier League.
Only Craig Bellamy – for Coventry, Newcastle, Blackburn, Liverpool, West Ham, Manchester City and Cardiff – has scored for more.
Crouch has scored more Premier League goals (108) than Dennis Bergkamp (87), Fernando Torres (85), and Cristiano Ronaldo (84).
The family of missing Cardiff City footballer Emiliano Sala are planning an underwater search.
Family spokesman David Mearns told a press conference that a private search of the English Channel, paid for by fundraisers, also included fishing boats and other vessels.
The underwater search is expected to begin on Sunday.
Meanwhile the family has been taken on a plane to see the area that rescuers have been searching.
They left Guernsey Airport at about 09:30 GMT on a chartered flight with harbourmaster David Barker.
Sala’s sister Romina and mother Mercedes arrived on the island on Sunday and a family spokesman said they were struggling for answers.
The family travelled on a twin-engine Dornier 228-212 plane which flew from Guernsey and circled the island of Alderney.
Mr Mearns told a press conference on Monday: “We would like to thank all the people and all the companies that have offered their help,” he said.
“We have been planning an underwater search as a next phase… there are still boats on the water… and people are still looking.”
Speaking of Sala and the football community’s reaction, Mr Mearns added: “He’s a really friendly person that people loved – from both clubs and any other clubs, and that’s where you see the breath of the football community coming together in an extraordinarily short period of time to raise this type of money.
“So, obviously the family appreciate that, but their minds have been in a different place this week.”
An official search for 28-year-old Sala and pilot David Ibbotson, 59, of Crowle, Lincolnshire, was called off on Thursday, with Mr Barker saying the chance of them being alive was “extremely remote”.
But, after a plea from his sister not to give up, more than £290,000 was raised for a private search to continue – which is being led by Mr Mearns, said to be a renowned shipwreck hunter.
High-profile donors to the GoFundMe page include France and PSG forward Kylian Mbappe, former West Ham midfielder Dimitri Payet and Leicester City winger Demarai Gray.
A forehand winner down the line brought up two championship points, Djokovic taking the second when Nadal clubbed a backhand long.
Djokovic, who was the top seed, fell to his knees after sealing another triumph on Rod Laver Arena, smacking the court with both hands and screaming towards the sky.
The reigning Wimbledon and US Open champion claimed his 15th Grand Slam title, moving him outright third ahead of American Pete Sampras in the all-time list, closing in on Switzerland’s Federer (20) and Nadal (17).
Djokovic has now won 13 of his past 16 meetings with Nadal, who has not beaten the Serb on a hard court since the US Open final in 2013.
He leads 28-25 in their record 53 meetings between two male players.
Djokovic continued his fine record of going on to win the tournament every time he has reached the semi-finals, while Nadal lost for a fourth time in the Melbourne showpiece.
The result meant the 2009 winner was unable to become the first man in the Open era to win all the Grand Slams at least twice and was the first time he had lost a major final in straight sets.
Djokovic’s dominance stuns an expectant Melbourne
Djokovic said his clinical semi-final win over French 28th seed Lucas Pouille on Friday was one of his best performances on Rod Laver Arena.
Two days later, he surpassed that against the man with whom he shares what many consider to be the greatest male rivalry.
Most expected a much closer encounter between the pair, whose previous meeting at Melbourne Park had been the epic 2012 final, which lasted five sets and almost six hours.
Quickly it became apparent that a repeat was unlikely in front of a stunned crowd.
Djokovic was as close to flawless as he could have been – dominating on serve, controlling the rallies with crisp groundstrokes, rarely making a mistake and showing incredible athleticism around the court.
His tally of 34 winners and nine unforced errors highlights how high his level was.
The Serb made a fast start by breaking in Nadal’s first service game and, although that was the only break in the opener, the gulf between the players felt much wider.
He took his first set point after landing a first serve which Nadal could only bat back into the net, wrapping up the opener in only 38 minutes.
More pressure came on Nadal’s serve immediately in the second set, Djokovic eventually going a break up in the fifth game and, after surviving Nadal taking him to deuce in the following game, broke again to leave him serving for a two-set lead.
Djokovic then underlined his dominance by firing down three aces to leave him one set away from the title.
Another break for a 2-1 lead in the third put Djokovic on his way to a comfortable win, before he fought off a break point in the sixth game and then sealed victory on the Nadal serve.
Nadal sees positives despite being outclassed
Nadal had not dropped a set on his way to the final but, having come into the tournament without competitive action since September’s US Open, he was nowhere near the level required to cause problems for an in-form Djokovic.
The Spaniard looked like he lacked belief as he made a slow start, winning only one point in the opening three games.
Nadal particularly struggled to make an impact on Djokovic’s serve, not managing to win a receiving point until the ninth game and with more than half an hour on the clock.
Nadal continued to toil in the second and third sets, although a rare error from Djokovic brought up a first break point for the Spaniard after one hour and 46 minutes.
However, a backhand into the net left Nadal grimacing and looking up the sky in frustration as the chance – and the championship – slipped from his grasp.
The Spaniard won 53 points compared to Djokovic’s 89, and took only 13 receiving points.
“I have been going through tough times over the past year. I only played in nine events and had to retire from two, and I was not able to play professional match since the US Open,” said Nadal.
The Spaniard, who cut short his 2018 season with an abdominal muscle problem and to have ankle surgery, retired injured in the quarter-finals in Melbourne last year.
“Even though tonight was not my night, it was very important for me in coming back from injury,” he said.
“I believe I played a good two weeks of tennis and it is a great energy and inspiration for what is coming.
“I will keep fighting and keep practising to give myself better chances in the future.”
Can Djokovic overtake Federer’s tally?
Australian great Rod Laver, watching in the arena which bears his name, said before the final he felt Djokovic would eventually overtake both Federer and Nadal in terms of Grand Slam titles.
On the evidence of this victory, and his performances over the past six months, few would disagree.
Djokovic was ranked outside the world’s top 20 in July after coming back from elbow surgery.
But he showed he was back to his best with victory at Wimbledon and followed up that performance with another triumph at the US Open in September.
Now Djokovic, who reclaimed top spot in the rankings in November, will go to the French Open in May aiming to hold all four major titles simultaneously for the second time.
Victory over Britain’s Andy Murray in the 2016 French Open final meant Djokovic became the first man since Laver in 1969 to hold all four Slams at once.
“I’m trying to contemplate on the journey in the past 12 months. I had surgery exactly 12 months ago,” Djokovic said.
“To be standing now here, in front of you today, managing to win this title and three of the four Slams is truly amazing.”
Novak Djokovic claimed his 15th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open on Sunday
BBC tennis correspondent Russell Fuller
This was one of the great Grand Slam final performances by Djokovic. He simply knocked the stuffing out of Nadal.
The offensive side of Nadal’s game, which had been so eye-catching in earlier rounds, was snuffed out by Djokovic. The world number one took all of Nadal’s time away and forced him on the defensive from the very first ball.
If he wins Roland Garros in June, he will hold all four Grand Slam titles simultaneously for the second time in his career. This might just be the best chance Djokovic has ever had to win all four Slams in the same calendar year.
Nadal will have a lot to say about that – especially in Paris. The Spaniard felt four months away from the Tour caught up with him here: as he says, he was just not able to find the higher gear required to make the match competitive.
He is, though, optimistic things will look a lot brighter in a couple of months’ time: just as the clay-court season looms into view.
McKay has revealed text messages with Sala discussing flight arrangements.
One of McKay’s sons, Mark, was the agent acting for Nantes in the £15m transfer that made Sala Cardiff’s record signing earlier in January.
McKay told the BBC he had arranged the flight through David Henderson – an experienced pilot who had flown him and many of his players “all over Europe on countless occasions”.
It is not known how the job of flying Sala ended up being passed to Ibbotson.
The Civil Aviation Authority is to examine whether Ibbotson was operating with a private or commercial licence.
Henderson has not so far commented on what happened.
In the text exchange released to the BBC by McKay, his other son, Jack – who is a Cardiff player – offers to arrange the private flight for free so Sala could return to Nantes to pick up his belongings and say goodbye to former team-mates at the Ligue 1 club.
McKay said both Mark and Jack had a conversation with Sala about the difficulties of flying to the French city by commercial airline.
He also says a Cardiff player liaison official knew of the arrangements that were made. The BBC has approached the Premier League club for comment.
“With regards to the booking of the flight we contacted Mr David Henderson, who has flown us and many of our players all over Europe on countless occasions,” McKay said.
In a 2015 interview with the BBC, Mr Henderson spoke about his life as an experienced light aircraft pilot.
McKay added: “We had no involvement in selecting a plane or a pilot and we also wish to make clear again we do own the plane that Emiliano flew on.”
The Times newspaper has apologised to McKay for incorrectly stating that he owned the plane.
The agent also said he has met Sala’s friends and family to “give them an understanding of how Emiliano came to be on that plane”.
“The tragic events that have unfolded have shocked us all,” he added.
which will look at “all operational aspects,” including licensing and flight plans.
Similarly the Civil Aviation Authority is to examine whether the pilot was operating with a private or commercial licence.
Cardiff have started an internal inquiry to try to establish the events leading up to the flight, but a senior source has denied reports the club is considering a multi-million pound negligence lawsuit over the incident.
The source claimed senior club officials only became aware a private flight had been arranged after they were alerted by the club’s player liaison officer that Sala had failed to arrive at Cardiff airport as planned on Monday.
They also made the point that the club does not have a private jet for players to use and therefore they could not be expected to have arranged his travel to and from Nantes.
Argentina’s president has joined calls from Sala’s family and many fellow footballers for the search to resume.
Cardiff’s players will wear yellow daffodils for Tuesday’s Premier League fixture at Arsenal to honour Sala.
These messages between Jack McKay and Sala were translated from French.
Friday, 18 January
7:43pm – Jack McKay: “My dad has told me that you are going home tomorrow. He could organise a plane to take you direct to Nantes and to come back on Monday, at a time that suits you, so you can get to training on Tuesday.”
7:51pm – Emiliano Sala: “Ah that is great. I was just in the middle of checking if there are some flights to get to Nantes tomorrow.”
7:56pm – McKay: “He said he could organise a plane that would go direct to Nantes.”
7:56pm – Sala: “How much will it cost?”
7:56pm – McKay: “Nothing. He said if you help me to score goals it’s nothing.”
7:59pm – Sala: “Hahaha with pleasure.”
8:00pm – Sala: “We are going to score lots of goals.”
8:01pm – Sala: “I want to leave tomorrow for Nantes at around 11am and come back on Monday night around 9pm to Cardiff if that is possible.”
8:05pm – McKay: “Good. I’ll send a message when that’s sorted.”
Sunday, 20 January
5:00pm – McKay: “Hi there is it possible you could come back at seven in the evening on Monday night? Just because the pilot has to get home in the north after he gets to Cardiff.”
5:01pm – Sala: “Hi, Half past seven would be possible.”
5:03pm – McKay: “Yes that’s good.”
5:05pm – Sala: “[PICTURE OF LUGGAGE] Can you ask if I can bring this on the plane?”
5:06pm – McKay: “Good yeah.”
5:07pm – Sala: “But is that going to be OK for the plane?”
McKay: “Yes there is space on the plane for your luggage.”
5:12pm – Sala: “OK.”
Monday, 21 January
4:16pm – McKay: “I’m going to call in a moment.”
4.23pm – McKay: “He said that it is the same company.”
The US Open winner, 21, missed three championship points in the second set but regrouped to win 7-6 (7-2) 5-7 6-4.
The fourth seed broke for 2-1 in the decider, then served out to clinch victory in Melbourne.
Eighth seed Kvitova, 28, was bidding for her first major title since being stabbed in a knife attack.
Osaka was all smiles during the trophy presentation – in contrast to her US Open victory – and she continued a tradition of slightly awkward acceptance speeches.
“Erm, hello. Sorry, public speaking isn’t my strong point so I hope I can get through this,” she said.
“I read notes before this but I still forgot what I was meant to say. Thank you everyone, I am really honoured to have played in this final.”
Two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova, who said she was fortunate to be alive after the stabbing incident in December 2016, showed resilience to take the match into a third set as momentum swung from side to side.
Victory seemed to be inevitable for Osaka before Kvitova broke back for 5-5 in the second, then going on to win 12 points in a row to lead for the first time since the start of that set.
However, after shedding tears at the end of the second set while she left the court for a bathroom break, Osaka regained focus to take a decisive advantage in the decider.
She went on to become the first player since American Jennifer Capriati in 2001 to follow her maiden Grand Slam win immediately with another triumph.
She missed a fourth championship point with a long return, but took the fifth when Kvitova hit a forehand wide.
A smiling Osaka dropped to her haunches on the baseline before returning to her chair and covering her face in shock as she savoured the moment.
Osaka, who replaces Simona Halep at the top of the rankings after the Romanian’s 48-week stint, becomes the first Asian player to be world number one.
She is also the youngest to hold top spot since Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki, then aged 20, took the ranking in 2010.
A different type of drama to US Open win
Osaka claimed her first Grand Slam by beating 23-time champion Serena Williams in a dramatic final at Flushing Meadows, which is remembered for the American’s row with umpire Carlos Ramos.
That left the Japanese player in tears and hiding behind her visor as she collected the trophy to the sounds of jeers from home fans in New York angry at Ramos, with Williams having to appeal for calm and respect for the new champion.
This time the atmosphere as she collected the trophy could not have been more different.
The Rod Laver Arena, which sounded evenly split in terms of support during the match, erupted when she finally sealed victory after two hours and 27 minutes.
More followed as she lifted the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup before the 15,000-capacity stadium fell silent as Osaka started her victory speech by praising Kvitova’s career comeback.
“I wouldn’t have wanted this to be our first match, but huge congratulations to you and your team,” she told the Czech.
“You are amazing and I am honoured to have played you in a Grand Slam final.”
What was similar to Osaka’s US Open victory, however, was a match also filled with intense drama.
Serve ruled in a tight first set before Osaka dominated the tie-break to edge ahead, boosted by the knowledge she had won her previous 59 matches after winning the opener.
That extraordinary record, which stretches back to 2016, meant Kvitova knew the importance of making a fast start to the second set – and she did that by breaking for a 2-0 lead.
Osaka immediately broke back, though, going on to move within touching distance of the match before another dramatic twist.
BBC tennis correspondent Russell Fuller
Osaka’s come an enormously long way in a very, very short time. At the age of 21, she has won back-to-back Grand Slams and this time she can rejoice in the moment. This is her moment. She has won it in dramatic style after a fabulous comeback from Kvitova.
She is the first player in 18 years to win a first Grand Slam title and then follow it up by winning her second. What an extraordinarily resilient woman, what an extraordinary player.