Chelsea news: Thomas Tuchel highlights Kai Havertz advantage over Romelu Lukaku

Rio Ferdinand and Joe Cole have considered the ‘problem’ that Romelu Lukaku could continue at Stamford Bridge, after being left out of Tuesday’s win over Lille in the Champions League

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Chelsea’s first week back from the Club World Cup has so far been very successful.

Dramatic victory 1-0 Crystal Palace inside Premier League on Saturday, followed by the usual 2-0 first leg win over Lille in Champions League last 16 on Tuesday.

Now, Thomas Tuchel and the players will turn their attention to Wembley this weekend.

Face The Blues Liverpool in the League Cup final, with Tuchel being heavily weighed over the past few days regarding choosing a team for that encounter.

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Tuchel highlights Havertz advantage over Lukaku

Tuchel was full of praise for Kai Havertz after his scoring performance against Lille on Tuesday and highlighted one area where he has an edge over Lukaku.

The man then had seven public encounters with Palace on Saturday and has struggled to find his best scoring form since making a club-record comeback Chelsea from Inter Milan in the summer.

Speaking after the win over Lille, Tuchel hinted that he prefers Havertz lead Lukaku against Liverpool, although the German usually plays as an attacking midfielder.

“I am very pleased with Kai,” he said. “He’s really step by step.

“He plays very well, is very decisive. He is never afraid to defend. Today we have an active high line with attacking players. It is a squad with high intensity and ratio. The job was consistently high throughout the match and they did a great job. .

“Romelu struggled in the final games to make that happen.”

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Cole and Ferdinand call Lukaku “problematic”

Speaking on BT Sport after the victory over Chelsea, former England international Joe Cole and Rio Ferdinand gave their assessment of the striker situation at Chelsea.

Before Manchester United Defender Ferdinand says it is a “big deal” for the Blues to move Havertz from his best position to playing at centre-back.

“It’s a big deal,” replied Cole, a former Blues winger. “Think of his form at the end of last season when he could drop and run behind and behind him, his best position is number 9, but that sucks for Lukaku .

“He reminds me of a [Roberto] The Firmino-type player, one who put it all together, he would be a nightmare to make his mark on tonight. “

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Havertz feels “good” as a Chelsea striker

Although Havertz played most effectively during his career as an attacking midfielder, Chelsea are arguably playing their best football under Tuchel with the German at centre-back.

Havertz is good at running behind, linking play and pressing opponents, although the 22-year-old lacks the scoring instincts of one of the Premier League’s best strikers.

However, the former Bayer Leverkusen player said he prefers being at the bottom of the team.

“It’s good for me (playing as a striker),” he said. “We have a lot of good strikers so it’s good to have a change and it’s not easy for opponents. Today everything worked out well and I like every striker position.”

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