Tuchel's got to start 'dangerous Chelsea star on Thursday, he's torn Everton apart before - TCC View
It is almost a year ago to the day that Chelsea lost 1-0 to Everton at Goodison Park.
At the time, this defeat meant nothing other than the conclusion of Frank Lampard’s nine-game unbeaten Premier League run.
But the domino effect was more severe than people could’ve imagined.
Following that Toffees triumph, Chelsea won just three of their next seven top-flight fixtures, leaving the team wallowing in eighth place.
The 2-0 loss at Leicester City on the 19th of January turned out to be Lampard’s penultimate match at the wheel.
He was sacked shortly after his side’s 3-1 FA Cup victory against Luton Town, with Thomas Tuchel taking the reins pretty much instantaneously.
Have-rtz some of that
12 months on from the day of Lampard’s downfall, the Blues are preparing for another encounter with Everton.
But instead of being a significant occasion for the manager, it signals a poignant clash for one of Tuchel’s players.
Kai Havertz wreaked havoc upon the Merseyside club the last time the two blues locked horns.
The 22-year-old produced arguably his most impressive performance in a Chelsea jersey when the team’s met at Stamford Bridge last season.
His first start for well over a month coincided with a display suitable of the German’s £71m (BBC) price tag.
Havertz gave the Everton defence all kinds of headaches playing as a false nine.
Especially Ben Godfrey, who scored an own-goal following a flick from Chelsea’s frontman.
Jordan Pickford then fouled the former Bayer Leverkusen attacker inside the area to gift the Blues their second of the evening.
VAR also denied one for the expensive signing, as he was adjudged to have handled the ball before hitting the net.
Never fear, Havertz got what he came for; a confident exhibition and some praise from his boss.
“I am very pleased with Kai. It was the trust we gave him and he used that trust,” said Tuchel after the win.
But one-off showings are simply not enough for the ever-demanding coach.
“He is so talented and so dangerous, he has so much potential that he needs to show it,” admitted Tuchel of his fellow countryman earlier this term.
Kai in the sky
After that night in South West London, Havertz seemingly sprung into life.
He went on to score another three in the first division, including an impressive brace against Crystal Palace.
Then there was the awesome display at home to Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final second leg.
And who could forget the goal in the final…
Hopefully, Havertz can go on a similar run following the visit from Rafa Benitez’s boys to the capital this Thursday.