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Kai Draws Blank
Former Chelsea goalkeeper Rob Green criticised Kai Havertz for his performance in Tuesday evening’s 1-0 win over Malmo as a pundit for BBC covering the Champions League clash.
Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live Sport, Green said: “Brilliant from Jorginho and from Ruben Loftus-Cheek but Kai Havertz had the opportunity to shoot and took a touch too many to give the keeper the chance to come out and make the block. He should’ve just taken the shot. Just a bit too much hesitation in front of goal, it cost him.”
Kai Havertz has started the last four games as the Blues main centre-forward following the injuries to Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner last month in the first game against Malmo and has been struggling to find his best form.
Our Take: Kai’s finishing was pretty poor against Malmo with two one-on-one opportunities a player of his talent should be burying after really smart work from our midfield. Lukaku before his injury could accuse his teammates of not providing great service but Havertz absolutely got that on Tuesday and he needs to make more of an impact in these types of games.
Kante absence explained
N’Golo Kante missed the trip to Malmo, being left in London as a precaution after the midfielder suffered muscle tightness before the game in Monday’s training, as reported by Simon Johnson from The Athletic.
Thomas Tuchel clarified the situation before the game whilst speaking to BT Sport: We took the decision to build up N’Golo at home so that he becomes a little bit more robust after several little injuries in the last weeks.”
Our Take: Although Chelsea’s recent injury pile-up is a concern, taking few risks with Kante is something previous coaches maybe failed to do given his persistent setbacks over recent years. Keeping Kante available for the difficult festive period following the international break is vital, so him missing a game of less significance shouldn’t make fans sweat.
Ziyech finding rhythm
Hakim Ziyech netted the winner on Tuesday evening against Malmo which was his first goal since the strike against Villarreal in the UEFA Super Cup back in August.
Following the positive evening for the Moroccan winger, he opened up to the recent struggles with form since returning from the shoulder injury he picked up in the opening week of the season.
“I try to be important to the team with some goals and assists. I had some hard times behind me. I had the injury and didn’t really recover fully from it. I work really hard, even when it’s not going how it’s supposed to go, but I always believed in myself and the things that I can do on the pitch. That’s why I’m still believing and trying to deliver on the pitch.” Ziyech said to the club’s website.
“I started good in pre-season, had the injury and I’m trying to find my rhythm again and that’s what I’m working hard for.
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I know what I can do and where my highest level is. Like I said, I had some hard times with injuries and stuff and finding my rhythm again. I’ve never been able to get in the rhythm again, but that is something that you have to work hard for it and that’s what I’m doing every day, I’m trying to find that rhythm again.”
Our Take: It is fair to say Ziyech has not been in good form recently, and his goal against Malmo wasn’t exactly in keeping with his overall performance which again flattered to deceive. It is fair to point out Ziyech has suffered some very untimely injury setbacks since signing for the club in 2020, but given his experience and talent, we expect a lot more in the coming weeks.
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