'I was happy with him': Tuchel names the one Chelsea player whose performance actually impressed him last night

Thomas Tuchel picked out Chelsea star Kai Havertz as one of the rare positives from the 2-1 victory against Watford last night. 

The Blues put in a below par performance on a tough evening’s work at Vicarage Road. However, it’s another excellent result that showed real grit.

Tuchel’s side picked up another three points to remain at the top of the Premier League table ahead of chasing duo Manchester City and Liverpool.

Mason Mount and Hakim Ziyech were the match-winners on Wednesday with their respective goals.

First of all, Mount netted in the first half from close-range before hosts Watford equalised. Ziyech came off the bench during the second half, though, to smash in a winner on his favoured left foot.

Tuchel appeared frustrated with Chelsea’s overall display in midweek, but  shared his delight with the contribution of Havertz. 

The 22-year-old returned to the starting line-up to lead the attack and worked tirelessly.

“Havertz was very strong today. I felt him like the one player reaching his level in a difficult match for him. I was happy with him,” Tuchel told Amazon Prime Sport (10:20pm, 1 December).

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Havertz shines for Chelsea

Havertz should be delighted after being praised in Tuchel’s post-match press conference. 

The left-footer often divides opinion within the fanbase because it always feels like he’s got more to give, but he put in the hard yards last night.

His brilliant composure to assist Mount’s opening goal showed his football intelligence. In addition, he was unlucky not to grab another couple of assists.

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Stats

Havertz’s positive contribution against Watford is backed up by statistics. 

WhoScored recorded last night that Havertz had the most key passes (2) in the Chelsea team. 

Also, the German attacker completed the most dribbles (4) for the Blues. 

His overall match rating (8.17) was only bettered by teammate Mount.

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