Tuchel: Havertz is not a Diego Costa kind of player

Mon 12 April 2021 | 8:00

The Blues boss says Havertz is not going to be Chelsea’s “emotional leader” but insists he can become a key figure at Stamford Bridge.

Kai Havertz

displayed spectacular form in his side’s 4-1 win over

Crystal Palace

on Saturday. The German midfielder scored the opener for the Blues in the 8th minute and provided an assist for

Christian Pulisic

to double up the lead only two minutes later. After being criticized for his performance against


last week, the 21-year-old showed his special qualities as a false nine. In a post-match interview,

Thomas Tuchel

has spoken about his countryman and his current form.

"He is simply not that guy that will fully feel, or you will see enraged," Tuchel told reporters after the match. "Some guys, you feel they have to fight with others to get certain momentum.

"He is not a Diego Costa kind of guy. This is simple. I will never demand he will become this. Sometimes you cannot confuse with his body language that he doesn't give everything. He is a very quiet character and we are aware of his quality.

"I don't know a level that he is reaching and how fast he can do it. I can just repeat that he stepped out of his comfort zone coming from Leverkusen to the Premier League; you want to challenge yourself. Here he is and it is up to him to show the quality.”

Havertz has featured in 23 matches for Chelsea in their current league campaign, scoring two goals and providing 5 assists. Despite showing glimpses of his best form, the German midfielder is yet to satisfy expectations at Stamford Bridge.

"He has shown already very strong performance against Everton and Atletico. For us, he had a tough match against Porto and the speech was very easy: Go and show you can do better and fight for your place. He gets a second chance and he took that.

"He can be even more ruthless in finishing because he has extra quality. He doesn't have to be our emotional leader because he is not that guy and it is not necessary.

"But, in terms of controlling the ball, keeping it in difficult situations, having little runs, being in high positions and having good finishing, this is what we demand. He needs to show up and show up. This is life as an offensive player at Chelsea."

Having won the first leg with a 2-0 result, Chelsea will play against Porto in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie on Tuesday.

source: SportMob