Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchels private conversation with Hansi Flick over Kai Havertz

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Germany manager Hansi Flick has revealed talks with Thomas Tuchel over Kai Havertz’s best position. The Chelsea boss has played Havertz as a false nine, down the middle and as a winger during his tenure at Stamford Bridge so far, which Flick could look to replicate.

Havertz started as the central attacking midfielder in a 4-2-3-1 in Germany’s 2-0 win over Liechtenstein on Thursday night.

He’s operated as a left-forward in three of Chelsea’s four games so far this season and will feature out wide more regularly this season after Romelu Lukaku’s club-record return.

In a recent interview, Flick explained that he has discussed Havertz with Tuchel and believes he can play down the middle.

He told BILD: “I do believe that Kai can play in the centre.

“I exchanged ideas with Thomas Tuchel. I can well imagine that he can also play in the centre.”

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Havertz had a slow start after his then-club-record £72million arrival from Bayer Leverkusen.

But he has since settled, scoring the winning goal in May’s Champions League final against Manchester City.

Havertz regularly played as Tuchel’s central striker last season, and the German boss suggested that his best position was central.

In March, he said: “In my opinion, his best position is between the nine and the 10 and have the freedom to drop and move fluid between the two positions.

“I like to have him in high positions, I don’t want to have him behind the ball and he feels comfortable in between the lines and in narrow pockets.”


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In May, Havertz himself admitted he didn’t know his best position amid a run of playing as Tuchel’s striker.

But he seems happy to play anywhere across the attack, making him a valuable asset for both Tuchel at Chelsea and Flick with the national team.

“I play somewhere up front – number nine, number 10, something in between – to be honest, I don’t know 100%,” he told the club’s official programme.

“I just enjoy the position right now because I feel very good there. I have a lot of fast strikers next to me right now, so that is very nice, and I think it is the perfect position for me.

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“I can be dangerous in the box, I can have the ball a lot, and that is what I like, so right now, it is very nice for me in this position.

“I think the first year wasn’t very easy for me, but I think I’m getting better and better, getting more confidence.

“But, for me, the team effort was the most important thing this season, and that we get victories – that’s more important than my own personal things.

“But, of course, I always want to play my best and I’m getting better now, so it feels good.”

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