Kai Havertz blames lack of pre-season for slow start to the season as he admits Chelsea are beginning to blend

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Chelsea started the season slowly, as Frank Lampard’s side had struggled to dominate games despite the new players that were added to the team.

Kai Havertz has been the biggest signing of the summer in the Premier League, but he has struggled to adapt.

However, the Chelsea team pulled off a strong performance in the 4-0 win against Crystal Palace, and the Blues squad were totally impressive in that game.

Havertz had blamed a lack of pre-season football for the slow start, and believes that the team is now beginning to blend.

“The first half was difficult because they were stuck in their own half and it was difficult to create chances, but the second half was better,” said Havertz.

“We played well and scored four goals. It gives us a lot of confidence. After the international break we have to continue like this.

“It takes a bit of time to find connections. A lot of players, like me, didn’t have pre-seasons, and a lot of players are new. It takes maybe a month for everyone to settle in nice. It’s different for players to come from another country, young as well, but now we are settled in very good.

“We are getting more comfortable on the pitch. We all have to get a little bit fitter and when we do that we will play better and better.

“We can achieve a lot this season. We have very good players, a good coach, and we are here to win titles. That’s our goal.”

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