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blues hope Thomas Tuchel backs 'humble' Kai Havertz to find his form at Chelsea


Thomas Tuchel is not giving up on Kai Havertz.

Thomas Tuchel is not giving up on Kai Havertz.

Thomas Tuchel is not giving up on Kai Havertz.

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has backed Kai Havertz to overcome his problems and emerge as a star in the Premier League.

Havertz has been a huge disappointment since his high-profile arrival from Bayern Leverkusen last summer, with his laboured performances one of the reasons why Frank Lampard was replaced by Tuchel last month.

Yet while the arrival of a German manager appears to have fired the burners for Timo Werner, his Germany team-mate Havertz continues to struggle.

The after-effects of Covid-19 have been blamed for Havertz's lacklustre performances, yet his compatriot is convinced his moment will come.

"For every transfer and change of club is different, sometimes you need more time to adapt, sometimes it is quick, sometimes it is a process," said Tuchel.

"All we can do is push him, support him and give him what he needs, and we will figure this out.


"He had a really good start with us and I have the feeling that I see a guy who is self-aware, humble and incredibly talented.

"There are no doubts that he will show those, and the sooner the better.

"Unfortunately, he has missed training and matches for us. Hopefully he will come back in the next few days, as I am convinced he will have a big impact."

If Havertz is taking time to settle at Chelsea, the same cannot be said of Tuchel, who will go in search of his fifth straight win as Blues boss today.

If owner Roman Abramovich was looking for a quick response after his latest managerial change, he certainly got the reaction he was craving.

Now Chelsea's season looks to be overflowing with possibilities once more, with a top-four finish in the Premier League coupled with hopes of success in the Champions League and FA Cup.

As Lampard discovered to his cost, nothing but quick-fire success will be enough to keep Tuchel in his job and he is relishing the pressure that goes with the Chelsea job, as he compares his latest posting with his previous role at Paris Saint-Germain.

"I got two titles in the league and we won four trophies in the last season, but I got sacked, so it was not enough at PSG," he added.

"You can see I have had some issues with the people in decision-making positions at some clubs, but that is just my passion to succeed.

"It came up during the transfer periods where, sometimes, the wishes and ideas from coaches and CEOs and sporting directors do not really match. This can happen.

"What I see at this club is a very simple structure and the people at the top of the club are very honest and very clear.

"I have the feeling that this structure works for me absolutely to bring out the best. There was no moment of hesitation to come here."

Newcastle manager Steve Bruce is under a different kind of pressure on Tyneside, with the club's demanding fans planting unrealistic expectations on a manager doing a fine job with limited resources.

The spending chart on the left of this article confirms Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has shown little willingness to invest in players over the last five years, yet that reality is overlooked by deluded supporters who continue to lambast the club's managers.

Bruce confirmed he has received vile threats from angry fans and others expressing a hope that he 'dies of Covid', yet wins against Everton and Southampton in the last couple of weeks have eased the pressure on him for now.

Newcastle have been dealt a hammer blow with the news that leading scorer Callum Wilson is out for eight weeks with a hamstring problem, yet the 10-point gap Newcastle have on Fulham in the Premier League's bottom three gives Bruce welcome breathing space.

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