Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has opened up on the pep talk he gave Germany international Kai Havertz which resulted in one of his finest performances for Chelsea since he arrived from Bayern Leverkusen in the summer.
Havertz has struggled to adapt in his first season in the Premier League, failing to live up to expectations and the £72million the Blues shelled out to acquire his signature.
He was subbed off in the 65th minute against Porto in the UCL last Wednesday after failing to impress in his time on the pitch.
However, he bounced back and produced the goods in the next game against Crystal Palace in the Premier League in a 4:1 win away from home at Selhurst Park last Saturday.
He scored the game’s opener and also provided an assist. Speaking about what he told his compatriot ahead of the clash against Crystal Palace, Tuchel said:
“When he stepped out of his comfort zone when he changed club from Leverkusen to Chelsea he absolutely wanted to challenge himself and now it’s on him to show the quality.
“He had showed it already against very strong opponents in Everton and Liverpool. He had a tough match against Porto and the speech was very easy: ‘go and show that you can do better and fight for your place, you get a second chance’.
“He knew that he had to be more ruthless in his finishing because he has that extra quality and I want him to show it.
“He is about controlling the ball, keeping the ball in difficult situations, having little runs in high positions to finish and assist.
“He needs to show up and show up and show up, this is life as an offensive player at Chelsea.”
The German tactician also pointed out that Havertz is sometimes not easy for fans to read and hence misinterpreted:
“You cannot confuse his body language with thinking that he does not give everything.
“He’s a very proud character and he’s very aware of his quality and he’s ready to show that.
“What we can demand from him is quality, because he has that, and this is the way we are hoping he will help the team and will become an important player if he can show this regularly.”