Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola felt the Champions League final victory truly established the most efficient role for Kai Havertz.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Zola was still marvelling in the Blues’ European triumph over Manchester City last Saturday.

It was an excellent display from Thomas Tuchel’s team, who limited their Premier League rivals to one shot on target all evening.

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In fairness, Chelsea only managed two on Ederson’s goal.

Crucially however, they converted their chance, owed to Mason Mount’s wonderful assist and the composure of Havertz.

The young German was playing off the right of a front three, a position he played superbly.

Ever since he signed from Bayer Leverkusen last summer, questions have been raised about where to place the 21-year-old in Chelsea’s system.

Havertz has discovered his mojo

Zola believed that Havertz has now found the perfect job heading into next season.

“Nobody has ever doubted his quality, in terms of intelligence, class, technique,” said the former Blues attacker.

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“We thought he wasn’t finding the right position on the pitch and probably not affecting the game as much as we thought he could. The other day he proved everybody wrong.”


“He performed so well for the team and also this position, centre and on the right, I think it suits him and Chelsea very much.”

Where’s best to keep Kai?

Frank Lampard trialled Havertz in all manner of positions, but never quite fell upon the correct remedy.

Step forward Tuchel, who pretty swiftly went about implementing his compatriot as a centre-forward.

In patches, Havertz looked like the formidable force that made him the Bundesliga’s hottest property.

Manchester City v Chelsea FC - UEFA Champions League Final
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He proved his flexibility in the Champions League finale by starting out on the right, but also showing that predatory instinct of a traditional striker.

With a lot of Chelsea’s summer transfer focus being centered on acquiring a new no.9, it’s anyone’s guess where Havertz will fit into Tuchel’s formation.

Based on his recent performances, it’s clear that he can be useful in a variety of responsibilities.

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