Former Wales boss Chris Coleman says Chelsea midfielder Kai Havertz should have displayed more courage during one crucial moment of his side’s win over Crystal Palace.
The German midfielder had a golden chance to extend Chelsea’s lead at a crucial part of their Saturday win at Selhurst Park.
The ball was there to be won for the former Bayer Leverkusen man as he raced towards a 50-50 challenge with Palace stopper Vicente Guita.
But perhaps with his mind on Tuesday night’s Champions League second-leg clash with Porto, he appeared to withdraw from the challenge, allowing the ‘keeper to clear.
That moment was not Havertz’s only goalscoring chance during the second half as he twice forced a save from Guita with weak efforts on goal.
“He should have shown a little bit more courage there, Havertz,” said Coleman, during his Sky Sports coverage. “He might have caused a few more problems for Guaita, but he pulled out of that.”
Ultimately, the moment made no difference to the result as Chelsea romped to a 4-1 win.
Despite slowing down during the second half, Havertz was perhaps the star of the show for Chelsea during their free-scoring first half.
His goal opened the scoring with a cool and composed finish before he turned provider for Christian Pulisic only moments later to assist a crucial second.
“Havertz is showing exactly what he is made of here,” raved Coleman as he reflected on the German’s performance.
“I used to watch him in Germany and his movement is exceptional. I am excited by him.
“What we are seeing here, he is fulfilling exactly what we thought he had before he arrived at Chelsea – and Chelsea look every bit like a Champions League team,” he said.