Chelsea star Kai Havertz has admitted the squad were left baffled and shocked after Thomas Tuchel was sacked “out of nowhere” by Todd Boehly earlier in the campaign. It’s been a whirlwind first 12 months for Chelsea’s new owners with two managers fired, over £600million spent on new signings and the club on the verge of their worst Premier League finish since 1994.
There have hardly been any high points for Chelsea fans to pick out of what has been a disastrous campaign from start to finish. The summer transfer window activity under Boehly had led to some outside belief the club could have built on an impressive previous 18 months under Tuchel.
The German had been heavily backed in the market with Raheem Sterling, Wesley Fofana, Marc Cucurella and Kalidou Koulibaly all arriving for big fees. Chelsea had suffered early defeats to Leeds and Southampton in their opening five games of the season as Tuchel tried to find a settled starting line-up.
But he was surprisingly sacked following Chelsea’s loss to Dinamo Zagreb in their opening Champions League group match. Graham Potter was brought in but the Englishman failed to turn things around before also being dismissed with a few weeks of the campaign remaining.
Havertz is one of several players who will be hoping to put this campaign behind them swiftly. But the Germany international indicates that Tuchel’s departure so early in the season set a dangerous precedent for the Blues for the remainder of the year.
“Everything that can go wrong went wrong for us this year,” Havertz told Sky Germany. “The season actually started relatively quietly.
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“We had a change of ownership, which was a big change for the whole club. And then Thomas Tuchel was fired, which of course always makes a difference in a team like this when you’ve been successful with a coach and then gets fired out of nowhere.”
Chelsea have dropped below Crystal Palace to 12th in the table and are still without a win since Frank Lampard came in on an interim basis. While relegation is not a threat, Chelsea could still slip further down into the bottom half of the table.
Havertz added: “Now we have our backs to the wall and not (doing) very well in the table. Of course it’s easy to find excuses. I’m not a fan of blaming everything on something else. At the end of the day. We’re all professional footballers and we have to win a game sometimes.”
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