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Graham Potter makes huge Kai Havertz decision as Chelsea prepare for penalties for Dortmund



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Graham Potter has confirmed Chelsea are prepared for penalties should their Champions League tie against Borussia Dortmund go the distance.

Chelsea are currently facing a one-goal deficit heading into Tuesday’s European clash against Dortmund at Stamford Bridge.

Their Champions League fate is hanging in the balance after Karim Adeyemi’s first leg goal was enough to clinch a 1-0 aggregate lead for the Bundesliga outfit ahead of the second leg.

With no away goals rule, Chelsea only need one goal to level the tie. Should they fail to win by a margin two, the game will to penalties.

Potter has confirmed Chelsea have been planning and preparing for all eventualities in midweek, with the 47-year-old revealing Kai Havertz is now the club’s designated penalty taker following the January departure of Jorginho to Arsenal.

Outlining his side’s preparations, Potter revealed: “The boys are always practising penalties and we’ve of course prepared for that eventuality because it’s a possibility.

“We want to get it done before that, but if not then ok, then we have to go through in that way.

“And it’s Kai. Kai’s been the designated penalty taker in the absence of Jorgi.”

The last time Chelsea scored two goals in a game was on December 27 when they beat AFC Bournemouth in their first game back from the World Cup break.

Potter knows his side need to start taking their chances to capitalise on their dominance instead of being punished and rueing their countless missed opportunities.

He added: “We have to play well, be positive. It’s a special occasion for us in front of our supporters, to try to get into the last eight of the Champions League.

“We’ve had some games where we could’ve scored more than one, that’s for sure, and we need that performance tomorrow night. It’s that simple.

“We’re playing against a top team in a good place so it’s not going to be easy.

“But the boys are in a good place. They are confident, motivated, together and we want to take the challenge on and give is our best.”

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