Kai Harvertz shines as Chelsea defeat Lille in UCL round of 16 clash


Thomas Tuchel praised Kai Havertz for delivering the work rate that benched Romelu Lukaku couldn’t as Chelsea closed in on the Champions League quarter-finals.

Havertz nodded the Blues in front after seven minutes with Christian Pulisic adding a 62nd-minute second ahead of the return leg on March 16. Chelsea has progressed on nine of the 11 times they have won the first leg of a Champions League knockout phase tie.

Tuchel said: “I am very pleased for Kai. He really steps up. The effort is immense, the work rate is immense, the areas of the pitch he covers for u

“He was very good, very decisive. He was never shy of defending. We had an aggressive high line today with our offensive players. It was a formation to have intensity and a high work rate consistently throughout the whole match and they did very well.

‘Romelu Lukaku struggled in the last game o deliver that’ Lukaku – who had just seven Premier League touches in 90 minutes at Crystal Palace last Saturday – remained on the bench with his troubled return to Stamford Bridge going from bad to worse.

Tuchel refused to guarantee the Belgian – the only substitute not to be involved in the post-match warm-down – a start in Sunday’s Carabao Cup Final against Liverpool

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