‘Too much hesitation’: BBC pundit critical of Chelsea player during 1-0 Malmo win

Rob Green was critical of Chelsea player Kai Havertz during the victory over Malmo on Tuesday in the Champions League group stages. 

The Blues secured a 1-0 away win this evening to earn another three points in their European group, which edged them a tad closer to qualification.

Hakim Ziyech silenced a few doubters with the only goal of the game. The attacker tapped into an empty net after getting on the end of a stunning cross from in-form teammate Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Thomas Tuchel’s side now turn attention to this weekend’s league match at home to Burnley as they play for the last time before the international break.

BBC pundit and ex-Chelsea goalkeeper Green was left frustrated by a moment from Havertz on Tuesday. He refers to an incident in the first half where the German forward was denied by Malmo’s goalkeeper inside the box when he had a great chance to score.

“Brilliant from Jorginho and from Ruben Loftus-Cheek but Kai Havertz had the opportunity to shoot and took a touch too many to give the keeper the chance to come out and make the block. He should’ve just took the shot. Just a bit too much hesitation in front of goal, it cost him,” Green told BBC Radio 5 Live Sport.

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Kai Havertz remains working progress at Chelsea

In fairness, Havertz was heavily involved during his team’s winning goal tonight. The left-footed attacker played a great one-two with Hudson-Odoi, who then assisted Ziyech’s goal.

However, he was guilty of missing great chances to score in each half.

He’s trying to fill the void of injured duo Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner, but can’t quite seem to find the end product as much as he should. 

His movement, work rate and timing looks spot on. Aged 22, he’s someone that should only keep improving, too. 

Unfortunately, Havertz needs to be scoring the golden chances to stick in this line-up because the competition for places will be cranked up after the international break.

Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger recently predicted Havertz’s time will come.

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Freakish defensive record

Yet again, Chelsea didn’t conceded a goal in Europe.

The Blues now have a remarkable record of 12 clean sheets in their last 17 Champions League matches since the start of the previous campaign.

It wasn’t the most testing night for the Blues defence against Malmo, but they were yet again professional.

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