Friday, May 7, 2021

Havertz’s performance gives Tuchel a positive squad selection headache


Chelsea have extended their lead on the hunting pack in the race for a top-four finish in the Premier League. They defeated Fulham at home by two goals to nil. In a comprehensive performance, German international Kai Havertz scored both goals.

This match is a huge confidence boost to the men in blue who will be welcoming Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid on Tuesday night. It’s UEFA Champions League semi-finals night for Chelsea and they have a chance to go through to the final.

The first leg in Madrid at the Alfredo Di Stefano stadium ended 1-1. Christian Pulisic scored a fantastic opening goal for Chelsea. However, his efforts were cancelled out by a stunning Karim Benzema hit.

The Pensioners have the slight upper hand in the tie for now given that they have the away goal. But that won’t be all to qualify for the finals. Timo Werner was in dismal form against Madrid and Chelsea need a solid presence upfront.

Tuchel happy with Havertz performace

The Blues could well have been 3-4 goals up had Timo Werner taken his chances. Given that he had scored the weekend before against West Ham United, you would think his confidence will be up. But that was not the case.

His misses may well have the final say in the tie as in such crucial matches, the slightest margins make the difference. Real Madrid have a depleted squad and this is the best time for Chelsea to take advantage of this.

Kai Havertz’ performance against Fulham gives Thomas Tuchel a selection headache

However, one positive that Chelsea fans will have after the Fulham game is that Kai Havertz looks to be in good touch. That’s a very important factor as we have seen that Havertz can slot into the false nine positions really well.

Thomas Tuchel will definitely go with a front three which will include Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic which means one place is still up for grabs. This is where Kai Havertz comes into the equation; with Timo Werner out of touch, he can be the perfect replacement upfront.

Kai Havertz scored twice against Fulham. His first came after a sublime touch and pass by Mason Mount from a long ball by Thiago Silva. Havertz did well to hold off his man and slot the ball into the far left corner. The second was the fruit of his skills.

Ben Chilwell with a cross-field pass to Havertz who cuts in and plays it to Timo Werner and makes a run into the box. Timo Werner has good awareness and plays it the first time to Havertz who simply rolls it into the net. This performance will definitely urge Thomas Tuchel to start him against Real Madrid.

This is what we need. It’s not possible that you know your line-up for a Champions League semi-final on the Saturday before.

“I want to do my decision on Tuesday and this is part of the performance today that the guys who came in don’t judge it and play with maybe an attitude with, ‘now I play, but I wanted to play last Tuesday’.No, they came in and showed and gave me something to think about. That’s the best situation we can have.”


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