Tuchel reveals what pleased him most in Kai Havertz performance

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It was a five star performance from Kai Havertz as Chelsea defeated Fulham 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening.

Kai Havertz lasted 90 minutes on the pitch and scored a brace for the team as Chelsea moved a step closer to sealing a top four finish.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel admitted that he was particularly pleased with the performance of Kai Havertz because he gave his all on the field.

Despite having not started in the Champions League game against Real Madrid, Tuchel was pleased with the fact that Havertz played with a positive attitude against Fulham. Tuchel demanded that he wants that same level of attitude from all his players, irrespective of the minutes they get in a match.

The Blues boss said: “There is still room for improvement from him, but for today I’m very happy, of course, because he was decisive, he was involved together with Timo as double-strikers, and with Mason and Hakim as the four offensive guys. He was always involved in dangerous attacks and in dangerous situations.

“For me he is the individual example of what was good about the players on the pitch today who maybe had a tough decision go against them last Tuesday. Kai did not play with the attitude of thinking “now they need me” and “I wanted to have more time in Madrid” and “why do I only play now against Fulham?”. That was absolutely not the case.

“He took his chance, he showed up, and this is what we need all the time, but especially in situations like this. We need guys who are fully committed. That means if you have a chance then you show up. If you have five minutes, 15 minutes or a whole game, show that you are ready and give the manager a headache for the next game. That is what he did and it is an example of what the whole team did. That’s why they get full credit from me.”

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