Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel will be aiming to continue his side’s unbeaten run in the Premier League on Sunday as he takes on Nuno Espirito Santo’s Tottenham in a London derby – and he has called upon Kai Havertz to make the difference.
Havertz, 22, made the switch to Stamford Bridge last season for a fee fo £71million under Frank Lampard.
The German was tipped for big things, but like most of the team he struggled under Lampard as Chelsea languished in the Premier League.
However, the sacking of Lampard was a blessing in disguise for Havertz as fellow countryman Tuchel was brought in.
Havertz played in almost ever Premier League game for Chelsea under Tuchel last season as they managed to scrape fourth place and win the Champions League – in which Havertz scored the winner in the final.
And after having a strong pre-season, Tuchel has backed the wonderkid to become even better this season.
Speaking to the press, Tuchel made the youngster know what was expected of him if he was to become a world beater.
“I found him very strong when we came back,” Tuchel said.
“I was pleased with his attitude to training and the pre-season matches very early in the season. I found him very self-confident after his end to the season after he was very decisive in the Champions League.
He didn’t lean back on that and took it as a given that he has made an impact now and has his place. He is fighting hard with a different attitude and self-confident.
“These are little details where I could see that he is in a good place. He pushes himself and he wants to continue to get better and have another impact and another impact.
“This is what we demand because the guy is so full of talent that we won’t let him relax for a second.”
Tuchel has overseen a huge amount of talent in his time as a manager having been the boss of Borussia Dortmund, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain.
Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, Marco Reus, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Angel Di Maria have all played under him.
But he believes Havertz can surpass the talents he has managed and go right to the top.
“If you have this amount of talent, we will push him to the absolute maximum and this guy has the body, talent and head. He has everything and the belief to play at the very top level.”