Higuain threw a drinks bottle in frustration after being replaced in Monday’s 2-2 home draw with Burnley but Sarri believes the Argentina striker was purely annoyed with Chelsea’s performance, and not that he had been substituted.
When asked if Higuain had been angry about being replaced, Sarri said: “In your opinion; in my opinion, he was really very angry about the situation on the pitch because we were not winning.
“I’ve not spoken to him. I’m really very happy if a player wants to play, wants to react.
“But I think that he was really very nervous for the situation because we were not winning.
“The situation on the pitch, as you have seen, was really very difficult against opponents who didn’t want to play. So it was frustrating, his situation, I think.”