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‘There are no excuses’ – Kai Havertz speaks out on his struggles at Chelsea after Leeds stalemate


Chelsea’s Kai Havertz has had a difficult season both on and off the pitch (Picture: Getty)

Kai Havertz is confident there will be a ‘big turnaround’ in his form if he continues to put in the hard yards at Chelsea and admits there are ‘no excuses’ for his underwhelming start in England.

The 21-year-old attacking midfielder completed a £62million move from Bayer Leverkusen to Chelsea last summer to become the club’s second-most expensive signing of all time after Kepa Arrizabalaga.

But Havertz has fallen some way short of expectations after putting pen to paper on a five-year deal in west London and has badly struggled for consistency across a difficult first season at Stamford Bridge both on and off the pitch.

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The Germany international tested positive for Covid-19 back in November and has since scored just one goal for the Blues in the side’s 4-0 victory over League Two outfit Morecambe in the FA Cup.

Despite this barren spell, Thomas Tuchel has shown faith in Havertz’s ability and attitude since replacing Frank Lampard in the hot seat and started his fellow countryman in a false-nine role against Leeds at the weekend.

But after missing two big chances to get on the scoresheet at Elland Road, Havertz told The Mirror that he should be giving his manager much more given his fitness problems have been put to bed.

‘Corona is now over, I feel good,’ the youngster said.

‘I had a little injury in the past few weeks, but it’s now time to play good.

‘I have to improve my game. It’s not been easy for me, but there are no excuses.

‘I just have to keep on working and hopefully there will be a big turnaround soon, but I will give it my best.’

The German missed two big chances to break the deadlock at Leeds (Picture: Getty)

Havertz says moving to a new league and a new country without being able to spend time with his family has been extremely tough.

‘For me it has been difficult to change everything,’ he said.

‘It’s hard for me, but I’m six months here and getting used to the place, to the country.

‘I hope that I will see my family soon. It’s tough for me, I’ve always loved spending time with them.

‘It has not been the right time to spend some time with them. But it’s not only me, there are thousands of other people in an even worse situation than me.

‘It isn’t an excuse for me. I will give my best.’

Chelsea have conceded just two goals since Tuchel was appointed manager but the German admitted his side must be ‘more clinical’ following their draw with Leeds – and it’s clear Havertz agrees.

‘We don’t score enough goals,’ the youngster added.

‘We get good chances, but we’re not clinical enough in front of the goal.

‘We had good chances against Leeds, I had two chances myself.

‘We have to keep working hard and make it better next time.’

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