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Kai Havertz relishes ‘freedom’ of Chelsea false nine role after best performance yet

Alex Young
·1 min read
 (Chelsea FC via Getty Images)
(Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Kai Havertz has welcomed Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel's decision to play him as a false nine.

The summer signing produced his best display since his arrival, causing havoc in the Everton back line as Chelsea ran out 2-0 winners over their top-four rivals.

Havertz was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet - the opening strike going down as a Ben Godfrey own goal - before winning the penalty which Jorginho scored to settle the game.

It was Havertz's first start in six weeks, having suffered further setbacks in an already injury-hit season, but feels he has turned a corner under his new manager.

"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," he said.

"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."

He added: "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."

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