Havertz relishes new false nine role at Chelsea after brilliant display in Everton win

Chelsea midfielder Kai Havertz spoke about his new role under Thomas Tuchel as he stole the show in the comfortable 2-0 win over Everton on Monday night.

It is safe to say that the 21-year-old has struggled to live up to expectations following his move from Bayer Leverkusen.

Prior to last night’s win, Havertz had only started once under Tuchel in the goalless draw with Wolves in January.

Then the new manager came up with a bold move and deployed the attaking midfielder in a central forward role, a similar role he has already played before at Leverkusen.

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As Tuchel said after the game (via BBC), Havertz did what the manager “expected from him” as the furthest player forward.

He was involved in both Chelsea goals in the game, forcing Everton’s Ben Godfrey to score an own goal before winning the second-half penalty converted by Jorginho.

Havertz also seems to like the new role as well, along with the reduced defensive responsibility that comes with it.

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“I played like a false nine,” Havertz said in his post-match interview (via Chelsea’s official website).

“I had the freedom to go everywhere I wanted to go, and I think that’s good for me.

“I like to have freedom on the pitch.

“I think I was lucky to [force the own goal] but I’m very happy with the performance, not only from me but the whole group.

“I will try to improve, I will try to give my best in the next few weeks and then I hope it will continue like that.”

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