Interview

Havertz: We can do even better

Kai Havertz was pleased with his and the team’s performance in beating a strong opponent in Everton on his return to the team, but insists there is plenty more to come on both fronts.

The German was back in the line-up following injury, starting his first match since Thomas Tuchel’s opening game in charge at the end of January, and made a big impact at Stamford Bridge.

It was his shot which went in via a heavy deflection off Toffees defender Ben Godfrey to put us ahead and then, after Havertz had a goal disallowed for handball, he was also the one brought down by goalkeeper Jordan Pickford for the penalty Jorginho scored to make the three points safe.

However, it was the team performance in securing a well-earned victory against a direct rival for a place in the Premier League’s top four which seemed to please him most, not to mention extending our unbeaten run under Tuchel.

‘We are very happy,’ said the 21-year-old. ‘I think we deserved to win, 2-0 is very good for us against a strong opponent. We knew before the match that Everton are a very strong team, defensively they’re very good, but I think we played very well. The first half was not easy, we didn’t have many chances and we were lucky with the goal, but we kept going.

‘It was a good performance from us. We did very good, especially in the second half. They gave us a lot of space and I think it was a good match and a deserved win for us.

‘Now we are four points in front of them and we have to secure that. That’s the plan, our goal is the Champions League, and I think there will be some tough matches coming in the next few months, but we have to keep on working in every training session. I think 11 games without a loss is very strong but we can keep on going.’

Having mentioned a slice of fortune involved in our opener, which has initially been recorded as a Godfrey own goal, Havertz explained that he isn’t overly concerned if he is credited with the goal, as long as it stands.

‘I think it’s my goal, 100 per cent!’ he laughed. ‘No, I don’t know, but it doesn’t matter to be honest. It’s a goal and that is what counts, the rest is not important for me.’

Whether Havertz is officially given that goal or not, his performance against Everton was arguably his best in a Chelsea shirt so far. The German admitted it was a nice moment following a difficult stop-start beginning to his Blues career, interrupted by injury and Covid-19, but brushed aside claims that he is back to his best.

‘It was good for me and I gave my best. The first seven months were not easy for me but you have to keep working and I did that. So I’m very happy, but of course it was my first match after injury. I think it was a good performance from me, but you cannot say this after one performance.

‘You have to be strong in the next few matches as well and that’s my goal. I will try to improve, I will try to give my best in the next few weeks and then I hope it will continue like that.

‘I played like a false nine, I had the freedom to go everywhere I wanted to go, and I think that’s good for me. I like to have freedom on the pitch. I think I was lucky to score a goal but I’m very happy with the performance, not only from me but the whole group. I think we can do a lot better than today, but the result was a win so of course we’re very happy with it.’

More from chelsea