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blues win Starring role at last for Kai Havertz as Chelsea's top four march continues


Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel (right) saw fellow German Kai Havertz impress against Everton (Glyn Kirk/PA)

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel (right) saw fellow German Kai Havertz impress against Everton (Glyn Kirk/PA)

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel (right) saw fellow German Kai Havertz impress against Everton (Glyn Kirk/PA)

Kai Havertz has taken time to settle at Chelsea after his high-profile move to Stamford Bridge last summer, but he clicked into top gear as the Blues' push for a top four finish gathered further momentum with a 2-0 win against Everton.

Jorginho’s penalty and a Ben Godfrey own goal secured Chelsea’s 2-0 Premier League win over Everton that could prove pivotal to the Champions League qualification race.

Havertz starred in a false nine role at Stamford Bridge, with the Germany playmaker twice denied a goal before winning Chelsea’s penalty.

New boss Thomas Tuchel’s stunning start to life in west London extended to an 11th match without defeat and a ninth clean sheet.

"We deserved to win," declared the Chelsea boss. "It was a very difficult first half but we controlled it completely. Second half we increased our level and had a lot of dangerous attacks. We could find spaces to accelerate our game better."

Havertz's display was especially pleasing for Tuchel, as he heaped praise on his compatriot.

"Very pleased with Kai," he declared. "It was the trust we gave him and used the trust we gave him. He is a player who has all the ability to be a dominant figure in the offense and he stepped up.

"You see the quality of the players and the club. It is a pleasure to be on the sideline and work with the team. Everybody in the club is doing everything to compete at this level."

The revival Tuchel has inspired at Chelsea has already justified the decision to hire him as Frank Lampard's replacement in January, with Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti conceding his side were second best at Stamford Bridge.

"They played better than us. They deserved to win," said the former Chelsea manager. "We were good defensively for 30 minutes. When they scored the game became difficult for us. They are a good team.

"The game that we planned was what we got for 30 minutes. We didn't have a lot of opportunities. Richarlison had a chance. But we have to be honest, we are not at the same level. We cannot play an open game against this kind of team. It was the plan to play the same way as we played against Liverpool, but against Liverpool we scored early.

"We are looking to fight for Europe. This is good for us. We will be there until the last game. We are disappointed for this defeat but no tragedy. We look to the next game."

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