23 Feb 2022 | 13:54 | Football
Impressive moments of Kai Havertz on the training ground
1. Put Lukaku out
Coach Thomas Tuchel made an important decision in the match against Lille when he left nearly £100 million signing Romelu Lukaku on the bench. Sharing with the media, the German captain explained that he wanted to give the Belgian striker a rest after a tight schedule.
But somewhere, fans still understand that he wants to protect his student from criticism after a forgettable performance against Crystal Palace last weekend. Not only that, the sudden absence of Lukaku also caused trouble for Lille’s defense when the Jose Fonte and Sven Bootman squads took a week to prepare for the confrontation with the former Man Utd star. In return they have to contend with more flexible players.
2. Put your faith in Havertz
Kai Havertz responded to his compatriot’s faith with a brilliant performance against Lille. He made 4 shots in the match and brought 1 goal. It is noteworthy that in the first 8 minutes of the game, the German player continuously had dangerous situations before heading into the net of Lille.
The former Leverkusen star still shows that he is the “king of occupying space” when appearing in favorable positions, taking advantage of the space between the opponent’s defensive positions. Havertz proved his worth on the day Lukaku was on the bench.
3. Course Jonathan David
Jonathan David is a notable name on the attack of the French champion. He has scored 15 goals in 32 games in all competitions this season, including three in the Champions League. Because of that, Chelsea paid special attention to Lille’s number 9 and locked this attack.
During 81 minutes playing on the field, the Canadian striker only launched 2 shots, 1 was blocked and 1 missed the target. David’s stalemate forced coach Jocelyn Gourvennec to find a way to turn the situation around. He brought on Hatem Ben Arfa and Burak Yılmaz in the second half. But all was not effective.
4. Personnel rotation
Chelsea is going through a difficult period with a packed schedule and injuries. Coach Tuchel received two more bad news when Mateo Kovacic and Hakim Ziyech left the field with limp steps. Before that, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Reece James and Ben Chilwell also could not participate in this match because they have not recovered from their injuries.
But the German captain still showed his military talent with a flexible way of rotating personnel. In the second half, he brought on Saul Niguez, Malang Sarr, Timo Werner and Ruben Loftus-Cheek. The players on the field still keep the Blues safe.