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Kai Havertz put in a brilliant display as the Blues beat Everton 2-0 on Monday night with the German international playing a role in both goals.
Havertz played as a false nine against Everton, drifting into midfield in order to pull Everton’s centre-backs forward and create space for Timo Werner in behind.
Havertz revealed after the game that he enjoyed the role as it gave him freedom to roam.
“I played like a false nine, I had the freedom to go everywhere I wanted to go, and I think that’s good for me,” said Havertz.
“I like to have freedom on the pitch. I think I was lucky to score a goal [disallowed after a handball] but I’m very happy with the performance, not only from me but the whole group.
“I think we can do a lot better than today, but the result was a win so of course we’re very happy with it.”
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel was also impressed with Havertz’s performance as a false nine.
“I was very pleased with Kai. We showed a lot of trust in him and he used his opportunity tonight very well,” Tuchel said.
“He fulfilled his role, was very fluid and put in an excellent performance.
“He is a guy that has all the qualities and all the talents to be a dominant figure in the offence. He stepped up and was involved in a lot of dangerous attacking situations for us.
“I’m very happy with him and that he could show a performance like he did tonight, which I think highlights what he can bring to this team.
“There is no doubt about his quality, his talent and also his character.
“He needs to adapt to the Premier League and a new club where you play to win every game and the highest standards are normal but he did that excellently today.”