Blues hero Kai Havertz has been told by Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel that he cannot ‘live off’ winning goals in the Champions League and Club World Cup Finals. Despite not being totally convincing since his £70 million purchase to Chelsea in 2020, Havertz has scored two of the most crucial goals in the club’s history.
The West Londoners signed the 22-year-old playmaker from Bayer Leverkusen to boost their assault.
Many might have anticipated him to score a few more goals than his 15 in 73 games for Chelsea, given his 46 goals in 150 appearances for the German club.
However, two of those goals were game-winners in the Champions League Final and the Club World Cup Final on Saturday.
Havertz scored the game’s only goal in a European showdown with Manchester City in May.
Chelsea qualified for the Club World Cup thanks to the goal, and his cool 116th-minute penalty won the final against Palmeiras for Chelsea.
Tuchel, on the other hand, has told the Germany international that he must keep scoring vital goals.
“He’s critical to our success. “You can never live off scoring the game-winning goal in a big game,” Tuchel said on FIFA’s official website.
“You have to go back and do it again and again.”
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“I’m pleased that he stepped up and accepted responsibility, as well as the manner in which he accepted his penalty. It’s never easy, but he did a fantastic job.”
Havertz admitted he was anxious before attempting the penalty, despite a confident penalty that sent Palmeiras goalkeeper Weverton the other way.
Tuchel has stated that such feelings are typical for a player in a high-pressure position.
“Amazing. The champions of Europe in the past, and now the world champions. It has a more appealing tone. “It’s incredible,” Havertz told Channel 4.
“Before taking the penalty, I was nervous. It’s a major penalty and a major goal. It was insane, and I’m glad I kept my nerves.
“I’m at a loss for words.” I’ve always wanted to do this since I was a child. My family and girlfriend are among those for whom I am grateful. All of this is for them.”
“The penalty doesn’t appear anxious, but he was obviously nervous.” He was well aware of the stakes. In terms of shooting, he has a solid track record. Tuchel continued, “I’m thrilled for him.”
“We were tenacious and persistent in our efforts. We put in the effort and refused to give up.
“We took the lead and then lost it.” We didn’t stop attacking until the very end, and we won it late.”