Tuchel demands consistency from Chelsea's goalscoring hero Havertz
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel was happy with Kai Havertz’s goalscoring performance in Saturday’s 2-1 Club World Cup final win over Palmeiras but insisted that he demands more from the versatile attacker.
Thiago Silva won the player of the tournament award, Antonio Rudiger was named the official player of the match in the final.
Havertz, however, was the Chelsea fans’ man of the match.
Rudiger was arguably the best player on the pitch on Saturday, but as goalscorers make the difference and the fans seem to value decisive goals above all else, as the votes suggest.
Obviously, it is more than just an extra-time penalty goal — it is also because he has proved to be the man for the big occasion, similar to how Didier Drogba was.
The 22-year-old was the one who scored the winning goal in the Champions League final which allowed Chelsea to take part in the Club World Cup in the first place.
However, Tuchel has made it clear that he wants to see more than just goals from the former Bayer Leverkusen ace.
“He’s very important for us,” the Chelsea manager told FIFA’s official website when asked about Havertz.
“You can never bask in these things, live off scoring the winning goal in a huge game.
“You have to go and do it again and again and again.
“I’m happy that he stepped up and took responsibility, and with the way he took his penalty. It’s never easy but he was very convincing.”
Havertz still struggles with consistency, but he is young and clearly has the talent needed to be one of the best.
He seemed to have found the rhythm in a central forward role in the second half of last season, but since Romelu Lukaku’s arrival, he often has to adjust to playing in wider areas again.
Unfortunately, he is simply too good to be a backup striker and not as comfortable playing wide compared to natural wingers such as Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic.
Tuchel is right to expect more from a player with Havertz’s talent, but he also needs to help the player find a suitable role on the pitch.