By Danny Murphy For The Mail On Sunday
Published: 22:30 GMT, 2 February 2019 | Updated: 22:38 GMT, 2 February 2019
An emphatic win for Chelsea and first goals for Gonzalo Higuain on Saturday will temporarily settle down the noise at Stamford Bridge but longer-term, Maurizio Sarri is not out of the woods yet.
First, the positive news. Chelsea are still realistic contenders for three trophies and if they win a couple out of the Europa League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup, I don't think you could argue against it being a successful time for the Italian in his first season here.
If the gamble to criticise his players was politically motivated to bring in a striker he knows and likes — Higuain — it has worked in the short-term. The Argentine is a class act and there were some signs against Huddersfield on Saturday that he and Eden Hazard might build a good relationship on the park.
Maurizio Sarri is not out of the woods yet, despite an emphatic 5-0 win over Huddersfield
There is still plenty of doubt over whether Sarri will still be at Stamford Bridge next season
Yet there is plenty of doubt Sarri will still be at Stamford Bridge next season to build the project properly. You only have to look at Chelsea's past history on managers who fail to finish in the top four.
The Chelsea fans have been alarmed by the