Lampard responds to claims that he played Kai Havertz out of position

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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard played Kai Havertz on the right side of attack in the game against Brighton, and the former Bayer Leverkusen star struggled in that game.

For the home clash against Liverpool, the Blues boss started a strange attacking lineup, by playing Havertz as a false nine. Havertz was particularly poor in that game and didn’t live up to expectations.

Meanwhile, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard was criticised for the role in which he played Havertz, with Havertz failing to come to terms with the game until he was subbed off at half-time.

Lampard has now defended his tactics and insists that Havertz can play in any position.

Asked if it was always his plan to play Havertz as a false nine against Liverpool, Lampard told Chelsea TV: “It was the plan regardless, Timo likes to play off the left side.

“He’s very versatile. He [Werner] can play centrally or left side, I think he was fantastic in moments today, you saw the difference he’s going to make.

“With Kai, it was a feeling that he can be central and give them a problem by coming slightly deeper sometimes. ‘When he started to get into the game you could feel that a little bit.

“He needs time, Kai Havertz. He trained just a few days before Brighton, again he’s had to recover and get ready for this game.

“So I’ve got no doubt in time that we can be versatile with not just those two but the front players we have.”

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