Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel claimed that Kai Havertz “took his chance” in Saturday’s Premier League win over Fulham.
The Blues strengthened their fourth-placed position in the league standings with a 2-0 home victory against west London rivals Fulham at Stamford Bridge.
Havertz, 21, delivered a superb attacking performance on the weekend by scoring twice.
The left-footed forward played through the middle against Fulham, and opened the scoring in the 10th minute with a composed low finish after latching onto a Mason Mount pass.
He then combined for a one-two with teammate Timo Werner in the second period before tucking away his second goal.
Tuchel gave huge credit to the German attacker following his latest display:
“There is room for improvement but for today I am very happy,” Tuchel said about Havertz, as quoted by Football London.
“Of course, he was decisive, he was involved with Timo [Werner] as a double striker and with Mason [Mount] and Hakim [Ziyech] as the four offensive guys, always involved in dangerous attacks and situations.
“He took his chance, he showed up, this is what we need all the time and especially in situations like this, you need guys who are fully committed.”
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Havertz would’ve been disappointed not to start in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid, but his weekend display has surely put his name into the mix to start next week’s second leg.
Chelsea host Madrid on Wednesday night for a place in the Champions League final with the aggregate scoreline currently 1-1, but the Blues do have a precious away goal.
Havertz’s two-goal display against Fulham showed that he’s growing in confidence.
There is no doubt there are attacking positions up for grabs in the XI, and Havertz certainly has a calmness around the penalty box that others in the team don’t.
He’s now scored eight goals and set up six assists across all competitions this season.
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