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Havertz ‘is not a Diego Costa kind of guy’ but can still be a star at Chelsea, insists Tuchel
The Germany international isn’t a combative figure but he is still highly valued by the Blues manager.
Thomas Tuchel has said Kai Havertz will never be a fiery personality like Diego Costa was at Chelsea, but insisted the young attacker can still shine as a more subdued figure.
The 21-year-old scored and got an assist in the 4-1 away win at Crystal Palace, the first time that Tuchel’s side have scored more than twice in the 17 games he’s been in charge.
In a new false nine role, Havertz excelled at Selhurst Park after being criticised for his performance in his side’s win over Porto in midweek. Tuchel believes that Havertz has been misunderstood since arriving in west London.
“He is simply not that guy that will fully feel, or you will see enraged,” Tuchel told reporters after the match. “Some guys, you feel they have to fight with others to get certain momentum.
“He is not a Diego Costa kind of guy. This is simple. I will never demand he will become this. Sometimes you cannot confuse with his body language that he doesn’t give everything. He is a very quiet character and we are aware of his quality.
“I don’t know a level that he is reaching and how fast he can do it. I can just repeat that he stepped out of his comfort zone coming from Leverkusen to the Premier League; you want to challenge yourself. Here he is and it is up to him to show the quality.
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