Kai Havertz sends Thomas Tuchel message after Chelsea sacking

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Kai Havertz played a key role under Thomas Tuchel  (Chelsea FC via Getty Images)
Kai Havertz played a key role under Thomas Tuchel (Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Kai Havertz has admitted Thomas Tuchel’s sacking at Chelsea came as a surprise.

Hours after a Champions League loss away at Dinamo Zagreb, the German was relieved of his duties despite a busy summer of transfer activity at Stamford Bridge.

Graham Potter has since been appointed as Tuchel’s replacement, overseeing a 1-1 draw with RB Salzburg in his first game in charge.

Havertz was a key player under his compatriot, largely preferred to big-money signing Romelu Lukaku through the middle of the attack.

A season before the Belgian’s arrival, Havertz scored the winning goal in the 2021 Champions League final and later proved crucial in December’s Club World Cup victory.

While the 23-year-old has spoken of Potter in glowing terms, the forward admitted Tuchel’s exit came as a shock, echoing the thoughts of Antonio Rudiger.

Havertz told Kicker: “Me too [it surprised me]. Especially when you consider how we’ve played in the past year and a half and what we’ve won.

“With the current sixth place in the table, you can’t speak of a messed up start to the season, especially since we have many newcomers who first have to acclimatize. But football is very fast-moving, a lot can happen at any time.

“Our new coach has made a very good impression, we have a great squad. I think we are in for a good time.”