Thomas Tuchel has said that Kai Havertz was the only Chelsea player to have impressed him in Wednesday’s Premier League victory over Watford.
Mason Mount’s opener was cancelled out by Emmanuel Dennis but second half substitute, Hakim Ziyech made sure the Blues ran away with a 2-1 win win over Claudio Ranieri’s side.
The win keeps them top of the Premier League ahead of Manchester City and Liverpool.
Despite his frustration over his team’s poor performance, Tuchel singled out Kai Havertz for praise.
Havertz provided the assist for Mount’s opener with his manager claiming he was the only one that ‘reached his level’.
“Havertz was very strong today,” Tuchel told Amazon Prime.
“I felt he was the one player reaching his level today. We missed some players.”
He added, “We had some players overloaded. We stole three points. We don’t have to talk around it. For the first time, it feels like a lucky win.”
At Watford on Wednesday, Chelsea had many faults. Chelsea Boss, Thomas Tuchel cries out after 2-1 win at Watford.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has expressed his frustration with his team’s performance after they suffered to beat Watford at Vicarage Road on Wednesday.
Tuchell said it was ‘so unusual’ for his side to fail to reach their normal high standards, adding that his team had many faults during the game.
The German boss told his post-match press conference, “That’s not us. We were absolutely not ready today for this match.
“I missed maybe to find the right approach to make my team ready. We did not cope with the pressure, with the first ball, second ball.
“We had a lot of changes but too many faults. It did not get better. The only thing we could do was hang in there and focus on the easy things. It was a lucky win.
“I see this totally as an exception from the rule. I will not insist too long on this match because it’s so unusual for us to play like this.”
Chelsea remain on top of the table with their tenth win of the season with Manchester City and Liverpool breathing down their neck.
The Blues face a tougher task on Saturday when they tackle London rivals, West Ham, who have gone three games without a win after drawing 1-1 with Brighton on Wednesday night.