Thomas Tuchelarrival at Chelsea saw him meet the ineffectual Kai Havertz. The German forward was then Chelseamost expensive signing and he just ended a 15-match no-goal streak that saw him fall to the bench under Frank Lampard.
But Tuchelappointment and subsequent change to 3-4-2-1 was seen Havertz shine.
“His best position is between #9 and #10.” Tuchel said. “He can come back to get the ball, he has freedom of movement. He can play a decisive role in the space between striker, midfielders and wingers.”
Hero of the Chelsea Champions League and Club World Cup
Havertz succeeds on the biggest stage, as he proved by scoring the winning goal in last year’s Champions League final against Manchester City and then repeating the same from a penalty in the Club World Cup final against Palmeiras.
Six goals in seven games
The season started badly for Havertzbut he reactivated in Romelu Lukakuthe most difficult form run. Tuchel used it as a false nine and that is where he spent his final months at Bayer Leverkusen.
He is also doing well there, having scored six goals in his last seven matches.
HavertzThe last blow came in the 89th minute of the match against Newcastle. Blues to win 1:0.
“It was an exceptional goal thanks to Kai’s quality.” Tuchel said.
“Jorginhothe pass was excellent and Havertzthe control and finishing with the left foot was outstanding.”