Chelsea have come a long way towards the quarter-finals of the Champions League with their usual 2-0 win over Lille in the Champions League first leg against Lille.
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Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has been warned he has a “big problem” on the horizon, despite their relatively comfortable 2-0 win over Lille.
Goals from Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic put the Blues completely in charge of their most recent 16 draw, with one foot already in the game. Champions League Quarterfinals.
But Havertz’s goal, and his winning performance at Stamford Bridge, could leave the German head coach with a choice headache.
That is the view of BT Sport experts Rio Ferdinand and Joe Cole, who saw Havertz comfortably replace Romelu Lukaku.
Tuchel made the controversial decision to drop the £97.5m man for the first leg against Lille following a tasteless performance last time out against Crystal Palace.
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During the match at Selhurst Park, the Belgian made just seven touches and Tuchel admitted to withdrawing him from the squad for fear he was “exhausted”.
“I felt he was a bit tired,” Tuchel said of the decision to ignore him. “He looked a bit exhausted and you have to consider that he played a lot.”
And Havertz quickly vindicated his manager’s decision, scoring after just nine minutes, opening the way to a favorable start.
Chelsea appeared in a much more dynamic outfit with Havertz, rather than Lukaku leading the way, which certainly raises many questions about the club’s most expensive signing ever.
Blues hero Joe Cole had plenty of praise for Havertz, before claiming his best position was the one Tuchel deployed on Tuesday night.
“That’s where he finished last season, in that number nine,” Cole explained in BT Sport’s post-match article. “He took control of the situation, got in between defenders, got past them and he held the ball well for Chelsea tonight.
“He doesn’t do silly runs, he plays with confidence, he controls the situation, that’s the mentality of a striker. He was there all night.
“He comes alive in the box, wherever he plays.”
Ferdinand then pressed Cole on whether he really feels Havertz is the best No 9, adding: “It’s a big deal for Chelsea if so.”
Cole replied: “It’s a huge deal, think about his form at the end of last season when he can drop and run behind and behind him, his best position. It’s 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. ”
The 22-year-old said after the win: “It’s good for me (playing as a striker). We have a lot of good strikers so it’s good to have a change and it’s not easy for us. Today that worked well and I like every striker position.
“I always give my best in Premier League, sometimes you have more luck, sometimes you don’t and i help where i can. ”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/chelsea-kai-havertz-rio-ferdinand-26304386 Rio Ferdinand warns Chelsea of 'big problem' after Kai Havertz's Chelsea performance