‘I’m always desperate to start’

Havertz joined to Chelsea in summer from Bayer Leverkusen and has had trouble justifying its £ 71 million (€ 80 million) price tag. But the 21-year-old gave manager Thomas Tuchel a timely reminder of his tremendous quality in the win over Fulham (2-0).

He did not play in Chelsea’s 1-0 league win over West Ham United and was a substitute in the 1-1 draw of the Champions League with Real Madrid in the first leg of the semi-final last week. The return leg is at Stamford Bridge this Wednesday.

Having helped Chelsea strengthen their grip on fourth place in the league, Havertz said he was desperate for more starts. “This victory is crucial for us and now on Wednesday another difficult game,” Havertz told Sky Sports. “It felt good to score early, that gave me confidence. For me, it’s always good to score and I’m happy to help the team with goals. I hope to continue like this on Wednesday ”.

“I am always desperate to start the games. I know of course that we have a lot of quality players in the team but I keep going, I train hard and I do my best when I’m on the pitch. “

After the game against Real Madrid, Chelsea will face league leaders Manchester City on Saturday and Havertz said the tight schedule is being tough for the players in the final stretch of the campaign. “You have to concentrate every three days on another game and another competition. It is the end of the season and we have already played for nine months. But that is the reason why we are professionals ”.