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Graham Potter calls out Havertz for goal celebration vs Everton

Graham Potter has criticised Chelsea forward Kai Havertz after he appeared to mock Jordan Pickford with his goal celebration against Everton.

The Germany International scored for the Blues once again on Saturday to give them the lead against the Toffees in their 2-2 draw.

After scoring from the spot, Havertz looked towards Pickford and wagged his fingers with his hands to his ears, and also stuck his tongue out.

But, speaking after the draw, Potter was not impressed with the player’s celebration.

He said: “When players score, they have something like an out-of-body experience. I didn’t score many myself so I wouldn’t know.

“You should enjoy the celebration, I don’t think you need to involve the opponent. That would be my perspective.”

Havertz’s goal gave the London side the lead for the second time on the night, and it was his third in as many appearances.

Joao Felix put the Blues in front with a cool finish off the post, before Doucoure’s header sneaked over the line for Everton.

And James Tarkowski’s foul on Reece James inside the box allowed Havertz to score his penalty in the latter stages.

But, their hard work was eventually undone in the 89th minute when Ellis Simms netted his first ever goal for Everton to get a point.

The 22-year-old was able to completely outpace Kalidou Koulibaly and sneak the ball under Kepa Arrizabalaga.

And the result could prove to be a huge one for the Toffees, who are now currently two points clear of the relegation zone.

Chelsea remain 10th in the Premier League table, with Champions League qualification continuing to slip away from their grasp.

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