Kai Havertz rates Tuchel’s decision to play him as a false nine

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Kai Havertz got his second league start under Thomas Tuchel, and he was very impressive against Everton.

The 21-year-old was star the of the game, as he saw his shot defect off Ben Godfrey into the net for the first goal. He also had a goal disallowed for handball, and he was also the one brought down by goalkeeper Jordan Pickford for the penalty.

Kai Havertz featured as a false nine, and this game marked his best league performance for Chelsea.

Speaking after the game, the 21-year-old was indeed pleased with the win and the victory, and he also vowed to give his best henceforth.

He said: “It was good for me and I gave my best. The first seven months were not easy for me but you have to keep working and I did that. So I’m very happy, but of course it was my first match after injury. I think it was a good performance from me, but you cannot say this after one performance.

“You have to be strong in the next few matches as well and that’s my goal. I will try to improve, I will try to give my best in the next few weeks and then I hope it will continue like that.”

Speaking about his role as a false nine, Havertz was indeed pleased with the position as he said: “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. I like to have freedom on the pitch.

“I think I was lucky to score a goal 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.”

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