Gonzalo Higuain was supposed to take Chelsea penalty instead of Willian, Blues assistant Gianfranco Zola

kind gesture The new signing was down as the first-choice penalty taker against Sheffield Wednesday but instead let Willian score from the spot Chelsea assistant Gianfranco Zola has revealed Gonzalo Higuain was on penalty duties during the 3-0 FA Cup victory over Sheffield Wednesday. Willian put Chelsea in front from the spot after he appeared…

Gonzalo Higuain was supposed to take Chelsea penalty instead of Willian, Blues assistant Gianfranco Zola


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The new signing was down as the first-choice penalty taker against Sheffield Wednesday but instead let Willian score from the spot

Chelsea assistant Gianfranco Zola has revealed Gonzalo Higuain was on penalty duties during the3-0 FA Cup victory over Sheffield Wednesday.

Willian put Chelsea in front from the spot after he appeared to offer the ball to Chelsea’s debutant, however Higuain declined the opportunity.

Many praised Willian for the gesture, but it seems Higuain was in fact the man who relinquished responsibilities.

And speaking to talkSPORT after the game, Zola admitted he was surprised the Juventus loanee didn’t take the chance to open his Chelsea account.

Willian appeared to offer the ball to Higuain

“In the list, he [Higuain] was the first one to take the penalty,” he said.

“But they spoke to each other – sometimes this happens. It was a nice gesture from Willian.”

The spot-kick came just a minute after VAR overruled a penalty for Wednesday at the other end.

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Referee Andre Marriner pointed to the spot after Ethan Ampadu’s challenge on Joel Pelupessy, but replays showed the Chelsea man got the ball.

Callum Hudson-Odoi then grabbed his second goal for the club, just a day afterreportedly handing in a transfer requestto force through a move to Bayern Munich.

The Chelsea fans immediately began to sing “we want you to stay”, and Zola smiled: “We want him to stay as well, we were singing too.

Zola wants Hudson-Odoi to stay

“He has a contract. We believe in what he can do for this team. I don’t think there are many 18-year-old players around Europe that are are playing as much as him in a big team.

“If you look at Juventus, all the big teams, they don’t have many 18-year-old players playing like we do. That shows that we believe in him, we think he can be an important player for us, so we will see what happens.

Was this Hudson-Odoi’s last Chelsea appearance?

“We can do as much as we can do. From our point of view he has a lot of strong players next to him. But we still find the space for him to play.

“Did he look like he didn’t want to play? Yesterday in training he scored a fantastic goal.”

Willian rounded off the scoring with a fine curling strike late on as the Blues sailed into the fifth round.

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