Tuchel tells Kai Havertz where he must ‘improve’ after Chelsea destroy Palace


Thomas Tuchel was happy with Kai Havertz’s display in Chelsea’s 4-1 win over Crystal Palace but admitted the German star should have scored more.

Tuchel’s success so far has been built on defensive stability but his team were an irresistible attacking force at times as they thrashed Palace.

Havertz put Chelsea in front with a nice finish, before a blast from Pulisic and Kurt Zouma’s header ensured the blues were in total control at the break.

Christian Benteke pulled one back for Crystal Palace just after the hour mark but Pulisic scored a second to complete the rout.

‘Clearly we had many chances today,’ Tuchel told Sky Sports. ‘The guys were hungry and creative. We had a lot of good runs and good movement.

‘We put pressure on ourselves to have the right response. It was a step in the right direction.

‘I am not disappointed [with Kai Havertz] but he could have actually scored more. He had two big chances to finish the game off. This is the way. ‘He has absolute quality. He needs to show his quality and that is the challenge for him.

Tuchel added to Match of the Day: ‘He can still improve his hunger and determination. He has outstanding quality.

‘He’s not the leader of this team and he doesn’t have to be. He had excellent runs and he could’ve scored more.

‘It’s still a matter of position on timing and decision making in the box, which will give the boys a lot of confidence to score in away games.


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