Best creative Kai Havertz in the middle.. Tuchel has the awkward task of pairing him with Lukaku

KAI HAVERTZ started the League Cup final today.

The German was selected as a central striker in front of the £97.5m star Romelu Lukakuin a bold but remarkable move by the boss Thomas Tuchel.

Kai Havertz starts the game dripping with quality


Kai Havertz starts the game dripping with qualityCredit: Getty

And it soon made the right decision every inch, when Havertz repeatedly knitting things together to the point of being almost devastating.

The 22-year-old created four chances in the first half, with the best coming just before the break.

Yes Mount Mason going home as it should have, Havertz will likely sit with tonight’s winners’ medals after generating a crucial assist.

The influence of the elegant former Bayer Leverkusen star will wane when Chelsea down one brutal penalty shootout fails, however, and it doesn’t seem to be a coincidence.

Tuchel switched to Lukaku in the 74th minute, as he aimed to unlock Liverpool in the ending period of the original 90.

The Belgian isn’t even particularly bad, this is not an article designed to criticize the striker – enough of that has been written recently.

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Romelu Lukaku was introduced in the 74th minute


Romelu Lukaku was introduced in the 74th minuteCredit: AFP

But the worst effect of this replacement was Havertz’s exclusion.

He initially moves to the right, before swapping with Timo Werner and appearing on the left.

And just like that, his creative output stagnated.

Ironically, Lukaku found him with a pass from the left wing in extra time, only to have Havertz already offside.

It’s no coincidence, however, that Havertz’s most promising moment after Lukaku’s introduction was when he was able to pull back into the middle.

Tuchel and Lukaku have had a rough time together since the player returned to Stamford Bridge to much fanfare last summer.

Chelsea’s higher-ups will be eager, if not desperate, for a successful signing – they have swallowed the pride of buying someone they sold for about a third of the price a while ago. 8 years.

But Tuchel will only be preoccupied with producing good results in the short term – and playing Havertz instead of Lukaku in midfield seems to be the best method to do so.

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Havertz's influence wanes as the battle progresses


Havertz’s influence wanes as the battle progressesCredit: Getty Best creative Kai Havertz in the middle.. Tuchel has the awkward task of pairing him with Lukaku


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