‘He should have started’ — Joe Cole reveals the forgotten player who could have won the game for Chelsea against Leeds United

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel utilised Kai Havertz in a false nine role for the second game in a row.

Chelsea defeated Everton 2-0 last time out, with Kai Havertz excelling as a false nine. But it was a very difficult game at Elland Road against Leeds United, as Marcel Bielsa’s side pressed Chelsea almost all game long.

Havertz had a couple of chances to score but couldn’t convert any, as both sides managed a goalless draw.

Former Chelsea star Joe Cole believes that Tuchel should have started with a striker, and he claimed that Olivier Giroud would have scored had he started the game.

“Havertz, he did well today, did okay, his movements were good, the chances fell to him and was just a bit unlucky, I think,” Cole told BT Sport after the game.

“It’s just not quite happening for him [Havertz]. Listen, he’s not a No.9.

“I think if you put a centre-forward in this team, it’s a different story here.

“You know that instinct of a striker, they’ll just be a little bit sharper.

“If only [Chelsea had] Giroud today. I can only think [Tuchel] did not bring him on because he had the Champions League game in mind.

“But if it was Giroud there, he probably would have buried [the chances Havertz had].”

Giroud hasn’t featured for Chelsea in the last three games, and would be hoping to start Wednesday night’s Champions League tie against Atletico Madrid, where he scored the sole goal in the first leg.

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