Kai Havertz enjoyed the ‘freedom’ of the false 9 and vows to ‘improve’

Kai Havertz was one of the best players on the pitch for Chelsea last night in their 2-0 win over Everton, something we haven’t really been able to say since his arrival at the club this summer.

He has struggled with Covid-19, and then a niggling injury, as well as arriving in an unfamiliar country in a tough and physical league at a very young age. It was never going to be easy, far from it.

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But last night we certainly saw big glimpses of what we can expect to see from a fully firing Kai Havertz, and his confidence and ability was shining through.

He scored a goal that was unfortunately marked down as an own-goal, then he scored a second that got ruled out for handball, very harshly, then finally he made the run and got bought down for Chelsea’s penalty to put them 2-0 up in the second half.

He thrived in the false 9, as he was speaking about after the game, conveyed by the Chelsea website.

He said:

“It was good for me and I gave my best. The first seven months were not easy for me but you have to keep working and I did that. So I’m very happy, but of course it was my first match after injury. I think it was a good performance from me, but you cannot say this after one performance.

“You have to be strong in the next few matches as well and that’s my goal. I will try to improve, I will try to give my best in the next few weeks and then I hope it will continue like that.

“I played like a false nine, I had the freedom to go everywhere I wanted to go, and I think that’s good for me. I like to have freedom on the pitch. I think I was lucky to score a goal but I’m very happy with the performance, not only from me but the whole group. I think we can do a lot better than today, but the result was a win so of course we’re very happy with it.”