Tuchel praises Havertz for playing through pain of broken finger

Thomas Tuchel praises Kai Havertz for playing through the pain barrier in Chelsea’s League Cup win against Tottenham… with German star suffering a ‘horrible’ broken finger after a tumble that followed his goal

  • Kai Havertz’s fifth goal of the season put Chelsea in charge against Tottenham
  • But the forward suffered a nasty broken finger in the tumble that followed goal 
  • Havertz battled on until half-time when he was forced to give up the ghost 
  • But Thomas Tuchel praised him for continuing that long with a ‘horrible’ injury 

Thomas Tuchel has hailed Kai Havertz for playing through the pain of a ‘horrible’ broken finger in Chelsea’s 2-0 Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg win over Tottenham.

Havertz’s fifth goal of the season put Chelsea in charge against a miserable Spurs, but the Germany forward suffered a nasty broken finger in the tumble that followed his early finish.

The 22-year-old battled on until half-time when he was forced to give up the ghost amid mounting pain, but Chelsea still produced a fine result amid a makeshift set-up and against a strong Spurs XI.

Thomas Tuchel has hailed Kai Havertz for playing through the pain of a ‘horrible’ broken finger

Havertz suffered the injury after taking a tumble after netting his fifth goal of the season

Chelsea made a last-minute switch to a back four after Thiago Silva and N’Golo Kante tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday morning.

And Tuchel paid tribute to Chelsea’s players for shaking off the mounting injury and coronavirus-enforced absentees to put one foot in the League Cup final.

‘Kai has the issue with his finger, he broke his finger and it looked horrible,’ said Tuchel.

‘And he played through the pain that was getting bigger and bigger. He survived until half-time and then we had to make the change.

The 22-year-old battled on until half-time of their Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Tottenham before going off

‘I liked our performance a lot. We looked full of confidence and had two late last-minute pieces of bad news with Thiago Silva and N’Golo Kante, who were both supposed to start.

‘So we decided at the last minute to maybe switch to a back four. The guys were very committed and very open to that, to making such a late change.

‘And it was a very strong performance, so it was a well-deserved win in a big match against a very strong opponent.’

Centre-back Silva’s positive Covid test further depletes Chelsea’s defence, with Andreas Christensen out with a back problem and Ben Chilwell and Reece James long-term absentees.


Thiago Silva (L) and N’Golo Kante (R) tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday morning

Captain Cesar Azpilicueta went down late on and hobbled out of the clash in the closing stages, but appears to have avoided a serious issue.

Tuchel added: ‘We were very worried but Azpi says it’s only a cramp and not an injury. So that would be good news and we trust him.’

Ben Davies put through his own net for a bungling own goal as Spurs struggled in boss Antonio Conte’s first return to former club Chelsea.

Chelsea squandered a hatful of chances to settle the two-legged affair midway through the tie, leaving the Blues’ German boss urging caution ahead of next Wednesday’s return encounter.

Captain Cesar Azpilicueta went down late on and hobbled out of the clash late on in the piece

‘We could have created a bigger cushion, yes, it was possible; we created a lot,’ said Tuchel.

‘But we were very, very strong, and it’s so hard to create chances against Tottenham. But especially in the second half we created a lot of big chances for a third or fourth goal.

‘So everybody knows it’s not fully decided, and we need another 90 minutes of top-quality football if we want to go through.’

But Tuchel revealed the Spain defender told him it was only cramp and not a serious problem




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