Tuchel ‘fired out of nowhere’ and ‘giant squad’ among reasons for Chelsea shocker, says Havertz
Kai Havertz has attempted to explain Chelsea’s dramatic downturn this season, pointing to the “giant squad” and Thomas Tuchel getting “fired out of nowhere” as reasons for their horrendous run of results.
Chelsea currently sit 12th in the Premier League having scored just 30 goals in 32 games in the top flight, having spent close to £600m on new players.
Frank Lampard – their fourth manager of the season after Tuchel, Graham Potter and Bruno Saltor – has overseen five defeats in five for the Blues, who are reportedly set to appoint Mauricio Pochettino to clear up the mess at the end of the season.
Havertz says off-field decisions have played a significant role in the club’s shocking season, though he accepts the players should have done more.
“Everything that could go wrong went wrong for us this year,” Havertz told Sky Germany.
“The season actually started relatively quietly even though we had a change of ownership, which was a big change for the whole club.
“And then Thomas Tuchel was fired, which of course always makes a big difference in a team like this when you’ve been successful with a coach and then he gets fired out of nowhere.”
After a “good phase” initially under Potter Havertz says a second transfer splurge in January to create a “giant squad” didn’t help.
He explained: “We got a lot of new players over the winter who first have to settle in with us in order to be able to show their quality.
“Of course it’s easy to find excuses. I’m not blaming everything on something.
“At the end of the day, we’re all professional footballers and we have to win football games.
“Now we have our backs to the wall and aren’t doing very well in the table. We just have to do as well as possible from the last six games.”
Chelsea travel to the Emirates on Tuesday and Havertz says the Blues players are hoping to “tease” Arsenal in their title tilt.
“It’s a London derby, so hopefully we can get the fans on our side again,” he continued.
“We hope to tease Arsenal a little bit. They’re in the title fight now, which is where we want to be. And if you can beat your rivals, that’s always good for the fans.”
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