Tuchel hails Havertz after Chelsea win

Thomas Tuchel hailed Kai Havertz after the German playmaker played a starring role in Chelsea’s 2-0 victory over Everton.

Havertz has struggled for fitness and form since his arrival at Stamford Bridge but was excellent as Tuchel’s side cruised to victory.

He was involved in both goals, with his close-range effort deflecting in off Everton defender Ben Godfrey and the second goal coming from a Jorginho penalty after Havertz was brought down by keeper Jordan Pickford.

“I’m very happy with his performance,” said Blues boss Tuchel.

“There is no doubt about his quality and his talent and also his character.

“He needs to adapt to the Premier League and to a club where you play to win every game – where the highest standards are normal.

“He did that excellently today. He showed up in between the lines in offensive positions and used his potential to accelerate our game.

“He was responsible for assists and through-balls and to finish himself. This is what we want – and from here on we go.”

While Havertz made the most of his chance to shine, Christian Pulisic remained on the fringes.

Pulisic, who previously played under Tuchel at Borussia Dortmund, has not started a league game since being reunited with him at the Bridge.

Tuchel brought him on as a last-minute substitute but again insisted he believes in the American’s ability.

“I know from Dortmund how strong he is from the bench,” Tuchel said.

“He has started only in a cup game and in the end it’s my responsibility and my fault.

“It’s a bit unfair because I know how good he is and what can impact he can have in 20 or 30 minutes.

“He was a bit unlucky in the last games. There’s no lack of trust, no lack of quality, it’s just maybe to be a bit patient.”