Higuaín, 30, has often been the scapegoat for Argentina for their recent failures in the World Cup and Copa America - as a result of the disappointments, his goal scoring form notably suffers a dip.
And after being a part of the squad that was on the receiving end of a 6-1 scoreline against Spain during the international break, there's been concerns over the former Real striker's mental state.
Alessio Tacchinardi, who won 14 major titles, including the Champions League and six league medals believes 'Papita' needs to gain the 'inner strength' of Los Blancos club-record scorer ahead of their crucial first leg quarter-final fixture tonight.
"When you are getting closer to the World Cup, some bad performances can rock you a bit. Higuaín lost 6-1 versus Spain and had to bear the media pressure from Argentina," he told Omnisport."My feeling is that Higuain needs more inner strength to bounce back from such a defeat than Ronaldo.
"Cristiano is European Champion and he already got the monkey off his back. Higuaín hasn't and is the target of a storm. He has to be strong and prove the result is in the past."
Higuaín has scored 54 goals and registered 10 assists in 95 games for the Bianconeri since making a club-record £81m (R1.35b) transfer from domestic rivals Napoli.