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Kai Havertz tells Thomas Tuchel his favourite position after Chelsea’s signing of Romelu Lukaku



The scorer of Chelsea’s Champions League final has opened up in the different attacking roles he has played this term under Thomas Tuchel.

Things were always going to be different for Kai Havertz at Chelsea this season. Fresh off scoring the club’s Champions League final winning goal, extra pressure was on the German to step up and realise his full potential.

The 22-year-old’s first campaign in English football wasn’t easy. There were injuries, a bad bout of Covid-19, and difficulties fitting into the Chelsea side, particularly under Frank Lampard.

Yet during the run-in of the 2020/21 campaign, Havertz started to influence matches. There were goals against Crystal Palace and Fulham in the Premier League, impressive showings in the Champions League knockout stages, and that crucial strike in Porto.

Havertz then stepped up for Germany at Euro 2020, took responsibility when others would not. Unfortunately for the forward, it didn’t help his country avoid an exit at the hands of England at Wembley in the round of 16.

That did mean, however, Havertz enjoyed a strong pre-season with Chelsea. He looked more confident, sharper, more incisive in the final third. Thomas Tuchel was impressed, something he admittedly publicly last month.

“I agree with him about pre-season,” Havertz said in an interview with the Blues’ website. “When you have success and you score a very important goal, of course, it gives you confidence, but I think it’s not only about confidence.

The signing of Romelu Lukaku, though, altered things for Havertz. The Belgian would spearhead the attack and Havertz and Chelsea’s other attacking players would be used in support, either alongside or on either side of the £97.5million arrival from Inter Milan.

After a good start to the campaign, Havertz’s form has dipped in recent outings. But perhaps that is no surprise given the variety of roles the former Bayer Leverkusen star has already filled this term.

“We have a lot of offensive players and sometimes we also switch the system,” he explained. “Sometimes I play as a No.10, sometimes as a No.9.

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