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“Absolute dream to work with” – Potter lauds Chelsea star as best position outlined



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Kai Havertz has earned more plaudits from Chelsea head coach Graham Potter, who hailed the German as “an absolute dream to work with”.

Like the rest of the Chelsea team, Havertz has started to produce in recent games which has coincided with the Blues going on a three-game winning streak.

The 22-year-old has scored two goals in his last two games against Borussia Dortmund and Leicester City to help lift the pressure and positively impact the mood around Chelsea.

Potter has come under scrutiny constantly selecting Havertz, who has made 35 appearances this season with a return of just eight goals, to start matches.

The Chelsea boss has defended his players throughout the club’s difficult period and received the public backing of Havertz after their huge Champions League win over Dortmund to progress to set up a quarter-final tie against Real Madrid.

Havertz told beINSPORTS earlier this month: “We know that the pressure is coming at him. You can see that he’s a big manager. In the media I cannot believe how many people have to talk to him.

“We have hundreds of coaches in England, you know, that think they know better than him! We know in the changing room that he has a big personality and a big manager for us!

“He helps us all a lot, me included, so we are 100 percent behind him. Even though the people don’t see it, today everyone saw that he’s a big manager.”

Havertz has gone from strength to strength in recent games, admitting he has found his personal life suffering because of the poor results, and Potter believes he is a player who plays off of confidence, but support also to get through the tough moments.

“He is a confident player but also someone you need to help,” said Potter ahead of their Premier League fixture against Everton.

“I can’t speak highly enough of him. He’s given everything all the time, does his absolute best, takes responsibility, an absolute dream to work with as a coach, wants to learn, wants to improve and gives his best for the team. He deals with adversity in a sensible, mature way and rides out the storm. And inevitably because of the quality he has (as a player) and as a person, he’ll get his rewards.”

Chelsea have switched to a back three which has helped change their run of form and it has seen them score six goals in their last three outings.

Potter was quizzed on where he believes Havertz’s best position is. He replied: “He’s still young and I think he can play in lots of positions. Not quite leading the line but behind the line is probably his best position.

“Although, I wouldn’t rule anything out with Kai because the mentality is really there and he’s got all the attributes to do anything.”

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