Spurs v Chelsea: PL match preview
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel cannot afford to play Kai Havertz at the moment, according to former Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood. Havertz has struggled to settle in the Premier League since his £72million arrival from Bayer Leverkusen last summer. The German international was struck down by coronavirus earlier this season and took a while to get back to full fitness after the illness.
Havertz played the entirety of Tuchel’s first game in charge of Chelsea against Wolves.
However, he only came on for the final 10 minutes of the 2-0 win over Burnley on Sunday.
Sherwood reckons Tuchel was brought in to help the likes of fellow German Havertz.
But, ahead of the trip to Tottenham tonight, the pundit says there is no way the 21-year-old should be playing.
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“I still think he’s got selection problems,” Sherwood told Premier League Productions.
“I think he’s been brought in to play the two German boys, Werner and Havertz, but at the moment you can’t play Kai Havertz.
“In my opinion he’s a liability. I think he might be a good player in the end.
“But at the moment you’re just carrying a player by playing him.”
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Havertz is an injury doubt for the trip to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
“We had two little issues today on the training pitch,” Tuchel said on Wednesday.
“Kurt Zouma and Kai Havertz went off the pitch with little issues.
“They are checking now, doing images right now, and it’s questionable whether they are in the squad for tomorrow. Everybody else is available.”
Sherwood says he is still reserving judgement over Tuchel’s start at Stamford Bridge.
“Difficult to judge him over two games,” he added.
“The first game against Wolves was boring, a lot of possession, but I think paint watched Chelsea dry in that game.
“And in the second game it was a lot better, moved the ball quicker forward, scored their goals, [Cesar] Azpilicueta and [Marcos] Alonso, so he’s throwing boys forward.”
The match against Spurs is Tuchel’s first away from home.
And the 47-year-old is excited by the prospect of going head-to-head with Jose Mourinho’s side.
“I am very happy to compete with a strong team against his side,” Tuchel said.
“I am very happy to arrive with our quality, with our mentality and with the atmosphere we have right now. That’s the most important thing.
“Tottenham are very competitive, and very strong. It will be a challenge. Is it a clash of cultures? I don’t know.
“Jose is a winner and I want to implement the same in my team. We are at the highest level to win games and we will try everything tomorrow to beat them in their stadium.”
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