Kai Havertz Steps Up as Three Key Players Make Comeback from Injury
Kai Havertz has been assigned with the task of taking penalties as Chelsea prepares for their Champions League match against Borussia Dortmund. This comes after the return of three players from injury, which has uplifted the team’s spirits.
Chelsea’s season has been turbulent, and their success will depend on whether they can overcome a 1-0 aggregate deficit and advance to the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday night. The Blues will host Borussia Dortmund at Stamford Bridge, which is arguably the most significant game of Graham Potter’s tenure. Despite being placed 10th in the Premier League table, Chelsea showed promising signs during their 1-0 win over Leeds United on Saturday. On Monday, there was some good news for Chelsea as three players were able to return to training. Meanwhile, Potter has decided on who will take penalties for his side, and Joao Felix has promised fans after a slow start in west London. These are the latest Chelsea headlines before a crucial European night.
Graham Potter has announced that Kai Havertz is now Chelsea’s primary penalty taker. Although the 23-year-old German forward has only taken one spot kick for the club, he scored a crucial goal in extra time during last year’s Club World Cup final against Palmeiras. Jorginho, who had been Chelsea’s regular penalty taker, departed for Arsenal during the January transfer window, leaving a void that Havertz will need to fill. Jorginho had an impressive penalty record, having scored over 93% of his penalties during his time at Chelsea.
Joao Felix has expressed his deep remorse over his disastrous debut for Chelsea in January. The 23-year-old winger, who was on a six-month loan from Atletico Madrid, was sent off for a reckless tackle during his first game – a 2-1 loss to Fulham in the Premier League. Felix is determined to redeem himself and win over the fans, starting with the crucial match against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday. So far, Felix has made five appearances for Chelsea and scored one goal, which came in a 1-1 draw with West Ham in February.