Chelsea survived the trip to hell and back: State of the Blue-nion

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 24: N'golo Kante of Chelsea is challenged by Oleksandr Zinchenko of Manchester City during the Carabao Cup Final between Chelsea and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on February 24, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 24: N'golo Kante of Chelsea is challenged by Oleksandr Zinchenko of Manchester City during the Carabao Cup Final between Chelsea and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on February 24, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images) /
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LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 15: Jorginho of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Cardiff City at Stamford Bridge on September 15, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images) /

2. Top and bottom of the squad: The Napoli duo

February’s best player was Jorginho. Of all the players, Jorginho probably benefitted most from the tactical changes.

Having N’Golo Kante play alongside you in defensive midfield will make nearly anybody look good. Kante’s slightly more defensive approach allowed some of the burden to come off Jorginho’s shoulders. Despite making significant tackling improvements, Jorginho’s positioning was the most impressive side of his game. Jorginho found himself in better defensive positions protecting the back line and played key roles in two massive clean sheets.

He also found a way to contribute in the midfield. Jorginho broke free from the opposition’s diamond formation that previously rendered him useless. He looked more relaxed with the ball at his feet, making superb passes and connecting with the attackers more often.

On the other hand, Gonzalo Higuain was Chelsea’s worst player last month. While he isn’t at fault for not being selected in some matches, Higuain was poor when he started, going four weeks without a goal.

light. More. Reality sets in for Sarri over Gonzalo Higuain's readiness to produce

At times, it seemed as if Chelsea were playing with 10 men if Higuain was on the pitch. For a guy brought on to score goals and who knows Sarri’s system, the 31-year old showed no signs of either. He finally broke his goal drought in a 2-1 win over Fulham at the weekend, scoring his first goal since the 5-0 win over Huddersfield on February 2.

Chelsea needs more out of Higuain. More goals, more involvement, more results.