Kai Havertz believes he is working with one of the best in the business under Thomas Tuchel and has reiterated how happy he is with life at Chelsea as we prepare for our latest assignment away at Manchester United.
The 22-year-old is enjoying a productive second season in English football and recently netted his 16th goal of the campaign for club and country in our 6-0 win against Southampton.
Following a challenging start to life in south-west London, the German now feels at home both on and off the pitch, thriving in a new central striker role for the Blues.
His growing impact on the team has been noticeable in recent months and Tuchel’s man-management skills have clearly played a big part in that.
‘I have a long road ahead so let’s see what the next years bring to me,’ said Havertz this week. ‘I love the club, I love the city and I’m very comfortable here. The team is very nice and the coach is good.
‘We saw a lot of the good things that he did for us in the last year so we know that tactically he’s one of the best coaches in world football and also that he can handle the pressure.
‘He can handle the players very well and also a tough moment like this that we all have here at Chelsea right now so it’s good to have him here.’
Chelsea were top of the Premier League when we faced United in the reverse fixture back in late November, that 1-1 draw starting a run of two wins in seven matches in all competitions that saw our title challenge stumble.
While Havertz accepts that our league prospects may have fallen short of some early-season hopes, he points to the two trophies already won this term, as well as our quest for the FA Cup, as reasons to be optimistic when assessing the past eight months.
‘If you go into the season as the Champions League winners, people expect you to win everything that’s possible and the first three or four months were very good for us,’ he continued.
‘We were top of the league and we had a good run but then we had a lot of Covid-19 cases and injured players, which was tough for us.
‘We are still in the FA Cup. We lost the final against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup but hopefully we can do it better in the next weeks against them and then maybe it would be not a perfect season but a good one. We are here to win titles and that would be the third title of the season, which is not so bad.’
The Blues head to Manchester looking for a first win at Old Trafford in nine years against a United side languishing 11 points back in sixth. Despite taking just eight points from as many games in the league, Havertz believes our hosts still have the resources to cause problems and therefore should not be underestimated.
‘Everyone expects us to go there and win easily because they have not the best moment but it’s still one of the toughest places you can go,’ he added.
‘They have still one of the best squads in the league as well so if they want they can also play very good. It’s going to be a tough match but I think we’re well prepared and we go there with a lot of confidence.’