Tuchel challenge Chelsea forward Kai Havertz

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Thomas Tuchel has challenged his forward Kai Havertz to put on the fighting spirit.

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has challenged his forward Kai Havertz to fight back to his shape.

Havertz was a shadow of himself in the 1-1 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford last night.

Speaking about Havertz, Tuchel said: “He needs to fight back into his shape. Hopefully he shows a reaction. The guys are still young up front. We will not start pointing fingers because lately they have been very composed and efficient. Against Southampton and the win in Bernabeu we took our chances very well.

“When we look at the data, we see a huge amount of sprints and intensity from Kai, and Timo as well. They don’t arrive fully fresh at the moment, and that’s why we will always protect them. We demand a lot off the ball, but I agree in the last weeks he had the form that would have put this game to bed.”

Meanwhile, Chelsea goal scorer Marcos Alonso says they are disappointed because they had to settle for a point against United.

“We are a bit disappointed,’ said Alonso.

“We were the better team during the whole game. We had so many chances, we conceded little, so it’s a pity to only get one point.

“It can happen. The quality was there, the chances were there, so it’s just about being a little bit more lucky and a little bit more clinical in front of goal. Our strikers have been doing a great job. We can only ask for 110 per cent from ourselves and try to do better next time and score more.”



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