Chelsea star questions Thomas Tuchel’s sacking

Kai Havertz
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Chelsea forward Kai Havertz has admitted his shock at the club’s decision to sack Thomas Tuchel.

Havertz played his best football at Chelsea under Thomas Tuchel, and the German scored the goal that won Chelsea the Champions League in 2021.

Havertz however doesn’t feel that Tuchel’s sacking was justified, although he has hailed the appointment of Graham Potter.

He told Kicker: “Me too (it surprised me). Especially when you consider how we’ve played in the past year and a half and what we’ve won.

“With the current sixth place in the table, you can’t speak of a messed up start to the season, especially since we have many newcomers who first have to acclimatize But football is very fast-moving, a lot can happen at any time.

“Our new coach has made a very good impression, we have a great squad. I think we are in for a good time.”

With the signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Barcelona, Havertz has admitted that his role may yet change again, and he’s ready for that.

He added: “Of course it’s a bit harder for me in the ten because I’ve actually only played centre forward at Chelsea for the past year and a half and those are two completely different roles.

“My position is not that important. Whether I play on the ten, on the nine or on the right side, I want to help the team and justify the coach’s trust.

“I can put myself in any position.”