28.01.2018 00:42 - in: Serie A S

    Higuain: "I always knew the goal would come"

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    El Pipita speaks after Chievo: “Winning as a team is always the most important thing. It doesn't bother me if I don't score for a few games”

    Gonzalo Higuain insisted he has never been worried about going through a barren spell in front of goal after he ended his personal drought with Juve's second of the night against Chievo on Saturday.

    The Argentine star hadn't found the net in Serie A since early December but got the reward his efforts deserved after putting in a shift for the team, playing in a slightly different role to normal at the Bentegodi.

    “Strikers have goals in their blood and I've probably been a bit unlucky recently – some of the chances I've had would have gone in during more fortunate periods,” he began.

    “Winning as a team is always the most important thing. I've been relaxed about it all along – it doesn't bother me if I don't score for a few games.

    “I did a slightly different job today, dropping deeper a bit more often as the gaffer asked me to do. That obviously means you're slightly further away from the goal but the main thing was doing my job properly.”

    Higuain added that the positive atmosphere around him has also helped.

    “I've always felt that the fans, the club and my team-mates are behind me. I never got worked up about it and just kept plugging away, trying to do better. I knew the goal would come for me sooner or later. Fortunately it came tonight and it helped us win.”

    Higuain had words of praise for Gigi Buffon after sharing an emotional hug with the skipper at the end of the game, the day before he celebrates his 40th birthday,

    “Gigi is an absolute legend and a great mate besides being a role model for us all.

    “The things he said about me after the game in Udinese, when he said I was an example for the team, really touched me. You don't get someone like Gigi saying things like that about you every day.

    “Before the match today, I said to him: 'I'm going to score today.' And I did!”

    El Pipita also spoke about the chat he had with Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli earlier in the week.

    “I spoke to Sampaoli during the week and we had a really good chat. There are a few months to go until the World Cup and if I want to be involved I have to keep doing the best I can for Juve. Then of course it's up to the boss whether or not he decides to call me up for it.”

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