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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel drools over ‘sky-high’ Kai Havertz’s limitless talent

Blues’ manager Tuchel has vowed not to give his Champions League-winning star Havertz a moment to rest on his laurels at Stamford Bridge in a bid to send him stratospheric

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Thomas Tuchel has told Kai Havertz the sky’s the limit for his talent and has vowed not to give him a minute’s peace until he has fulfilled every last drop of his potential.

Havertz, 22, put his slow start to life at Chelsea following his £72million move from Bayer Leverkusen behind him with a fine end to last season, capping it with his side’s first goal in their Champions League final victory over Manchester City.

This season, he has started where he left off in May and is playing with the kind of confidence that evaded him in his first few months at the club.



Kai Havertz returned this season with a burning desire to build on the success he enjoyed at the end of last season with Chelsea
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Tuchel said: “The guy is so full of talent he will not have a relaxed second with me.

“Because if you have this amount of talent you have to push yourself to the absolute maximum and the absolute maximum for this guy, nobody knows.

“He has the body, he has the talent, he has the head, he has belief to play at the very top, he has everything.

“I found Kai very, very strong when he came back — I was very pleased with his attitude towards training and in the pre-season matches, and very early in the season.









“I found him a little bit tired after the national break, he was also a little bit ill during the matches for Germany, but now he is in very good shape and has had a good impact, a good physical game against Zenit when he came off the bench.

“He is super-important for us.”

While Havertz won’t get any peace, Tuchel hopes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy will get more than he has been doing at the start of the season.

Tuchel added: “I don’t like it too much when he is in the spotlight.



Thomas Tuchel had huge praise for Kai Havertz and for his goalkeeper, Edouard Mendy
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“I like it more when he gets the praise from us for one-and-a-half saves, and for being concentrated, and maybe pushing the line up high and clearing some situations as a sweeper.

“And maybe for the spectators in the stadium more or less invisible — then I’m super-happy.

“Then I know we did not allow many chances.

“Once your goalkeeper is in too much of the spotlight, as he was in the last games, it’s not the most satisfying of feeling for a coach on the one hand.

“Although, on the other it is, because we can rely on him.

“Every top team needs a top goalkeeper, and we have one.”




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