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Germany repeats Thomas Tuchel’s trick with Kai Havertz as Chelsea starlet prospers at Euro 2020.

Germany repeats Thomas Tuchel’s trick with Kai Havertz as Chelsea starlet prospers at Euro 2020.

Chelsea star Kai Havertz is having arguably the best patch of his Chelsea career to date and he’s currently not pulling on a blue shirt to help his club.

It did start though when he had his club jersey embellishing him as he scored the victor in the Champions League final last month in the victory over Manchester City in Porto.

After claiming he didn’t “give a f**k” about his price tag in the wake of the Champions League victory, Havertz has kicked on with his country at the EURO 2020 championships.

After Germany’s opening loss to France, they bounced back in fashion with a 4-2 thumping of Portugal in Group F.

Havertz’s appearance was enough for Ruben Dias to put through his own net to give the Germans the head in Munich before rising up with the third goal himself to hand his side a 3-1 advantage, tapping home from close range.

After a very up and down first season in the Premier League following his big-money move from Bayer Leverkusen last summer, which also saw Havertz get struck down with coronavirus last November, he’s hitting pace again.

As per Opta, Havertz broke a traditional record when scoring against Portugal on Saturday afternoon.

Aged 22 years and eight days old, he became Germany’s youngest ever goalscorer in a European Championship game, and youngest at any major competition since Thomas Müller scored against Uruguay at the 2010 World Cup when he was 20 years and 300 days old.

Havertz’s big price-tag last summer was no mistake of his own when Frank Lampard fell in and shelled out more than £70million on one of Europe’s hottest young talents.

The former Blues manager was strongly defensive of Havertz when issues began to be asked if Chelsea were getting bang for their buck.

“Just as Kai was just coming to terms with the Premier League and he had some really good performances with us he got Covid and he had Covid quite severely as I think people are really starting to open up about now,” Lampard said ahead of defeat to Man City in the Premier League that started the ball rolling for the former boss’s exit.

“I have read a few things recently about how much people can suffer with it now. Some people are asymptomatic. He definitely has had a bit of a fallout with that physically and I speak with him a lot and we know that. It is something we are trying to help him to deal with.

“Yeah, the expectation around him you have to put context into the story. Kai’s talent is undoubted. I see that every day. Giving him the time to adapt to the Premier League and to our team is crucial.

“We have seen players come here in the past, didn’t really adapt, went elsewhere and come back to the Premier League and absolutely lit it up to unbelievable levels. I am not trying to compare Kai directly with that but there are so many stories across the Premier League, not just Chelsea.

“I have full belief in him. We need to give him that time, particularly because of the Covid situation, that is a problem. That is not a non-issue; it is an issue that is related beyond his illness.”

The arrival of Thomas Tuchel saw Havertz play in a false nine role as Chelsea strived for goals, but had an amazingly sound defense that hardly conceded goals. Havertz prospered in a home triumph over Everton in the role and also away at Leeds in a 0-0 draw but, still, it was up and down.

Just like Tuchel, Germany manager Joachim Low is also playing Havertz in a false nine position for Germany, seeing the tactic that Tuchel has employed, and is reaping the profits for it notwithstanding Germany looking like world-beaters one day and bang average on another.

Of course, two games don’t make a career but Tuchel will have been watching his countryman very closely over the last two games for Germany and will have been fascinated with what he has seen.

He could also afford himself a wry smile knowing that it may have been the Chelsea head coach who has unfastened Havertz,’s true potential and found the best role for him in the future.

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Germany repeats Thomas Tuchel’s trick with Kai Havertz as Chelsea starlet prospers at Euro 2020.

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