Chelsea assistant head coach Anthony Barry has transformed the Blues into one of Europe’s leading set-piece specialists, bolstering Thomas Tuchel’s side with extensive artillery.
The west Londoner’s set-piece guru was appointed as part of Frank Lampard’s backroom staff ahead of last season and has proved pivotal in the club’s latest feat – more goals (four) via corners than any other side in the UEFA Champions League this season.
While Barry has led Chelsea’s overall improvement of attacking and defending dead-ball scenarios, Tuchel’s assistant has also been responsible for arming Kai Havertz with another bow to his string.
The 22-year-old’s struggled to categorise himself into a defined position since swapping the BayArena for Stamford Bridge in 2020 but has found renewed joy in spearing Chelsea’s frontline.
Havertz flourished at the forefront of Bayer Leverkusen’s attack in the final stages of the 2019/20 Bundesliga season, scoring eight goals in eight games across all competitions from centre-forward.
He soon slipped back into the number ten role before reaffirming himself as a false-nine once Tuchel took over, with impressive displays in said position in the Champions League.
However, despite Havertz’s success in leading the west Londoners’ strike force, many still questioned the German international’s credibility as a nine, demanding a natural talisman to be brought in.
Romelu Lukaku has struggled to warrant the eye-watering £97.5m fee paid by Chelsea since joining, calling on the youngster to inject an element of fear back into Chelsea’s attack.
Havertz took to like a duck to water, igniting a conversation about whether the German should start ahead of the Belgian in the Carabao Cup final.
With the help of Barry, Havertz has mounted a solid case to blow Lukaku out of the water, having scored four headers across all competitions already this campaign.
Just like you, we can’t get enough of Chelsea! That’s why we’ve decided to supplement our expansive Chelsea coverage on football.london with a more fan-oriented platform catered specifically to Chelsea fans – CareFreeChelsea.
Writers and presenters who share your passion for the Blues will be producing written, visual and audio content to reflect the mood in the stands as well as the press box.
And don’t forget to subscribe to our CareFreeChelsea YouTube channel for regular videos from the team, as well as special guest shows and every single Thomas Tuchel press conference.
You can also sign up for our daily CareFreeChelsea newsletter to read all of our best stuff every single day.
The 22-year-old has more desirable qualities than the former Inter Milan striker, allowing Tuchel to execute his ideal game plan.
Now that Chelsea’s set-piece guru has armed Havertz with an extensive aerial threat, the German stands himself in good stead moving forward.
Follow our CareFree Chelsea trends writer Jake Stokes on Twitter to get involved in the discussion and give us your thoughts in the comments section below. Make sure you have subscribed to CareFree Chelsea on YouTube! The Fan Brands team, along with plenty of your football.london favourites, will be producing daily Chelsea content for you to enjoy, including match reactions, podcasts, football fun and interviews.