Havertz promises to turn his Chelsea season around following injury recovery
Kai Havertz said he has now overcome his injury problem as he vowed to turn his underwhelming first season at Chelsea around ahead of the Atletico Madrid clash.
The 21-year-old stole the spotlight for his man-of-the-match performance in a central forward role in the win over Everton last week.
He kept his place in the line-up at Elland Road on Saturday but unfortunately could not make a similar impact despite having a few decent chances.
Havertz admitted that it was “disappointing” not to win despite being the better team in the game as he highlighted Chelsea’s finishing problem.
“We [were] not clinical enough in front of the goal,” he told the club’s official website.
“But we have to keep on going to create chances and hopefully in the next few games some more goals will come for us.
“We have to keep our heads up because the next game is Wednesday and it is very important.”
While they only need a draw to qualify to the next round after the first-leg last month, scoring a few goals against Atleti’s famous defence would be a big boost to Chelsea’s attackers.
Olivier Giroud will likely start on Wednesday, but Tuchel will be happy to have Havertz as an alternative option with Tammy Abraham still struggling with an ankle injury.
Havertz hoping for big Chelsea turnaround
Havertz himself has declared that he has overcome the effects of Covid-19 and his recent injury problem.
“The coronavirus is now over [for me] and I feel good,” he added.
“I had a little injury in the past few weeks, but it’s now time to play [well].
“I have to improve my game. It has not been easy for me but there are no excuses.
“I just have to keep on working and hopefully there will be a big turnaround soon. I will give it my best.”