LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Chelsea strengthened their maintain on fourth place within the Premier League as Kai Havertz impressed an important 2-0 win over Everton, whereas West Ham boosted their shock prime 4 problem with a 2-0 victory towards Leeds yesterday.
Havertz has endured a disappointing first season following his £70-million (US$96-million) transfer from Bayer Leverkusen final yr.
However the Germany ahead was given a uncommon begin by Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel and he responded by taking part in the important thing function in each objectives at Stamford Bridge.
Havertz’s shot was deflected into the Everton web for a Ben Godfrey personal purpose within the first half.
The 21-year-old has not scored within the league since October however Tuchel entrusted him with an essential function as Chelsea’s false 9 and Havertz’s clever motion put him in place to earn the second-half penalty that Jorginho transformed.
“I am very pleased together with his efficiency. Little question about his high quality, his expertise and likewise his character,” Tuchel mentioned.
“He must adapt to the Premier League, he must be at a membership the place you play to win each sport, the place the best requirements are regular.
“That is a traditional course of for him to adapt to this mentality.”
Chelsea are unbeaten in 11 video games in all competitions — successful eight instances — since Tuchel changed the sacked Frank Lampard in January.
They’re two factors forward of fifth-placed West Ham who’ve a sport in hand in a tense race to qualify for subsequent season’s Champions League through a prime 4 end.
The Blues have stored 9 clear sheets underneath Tuchel and solely their former Italian boss Maurizio Sarri, who went 12 video games unbeaten, has loved a greater begin with the west London membership.
“Should you share particular moments and good outcomes, that is the factor that lifts you as much as the particular performances you want,” Tuchel mentioned.
“I can really feel a powerful bond between the gamers within the dressing room. I really feel optimistic vitality from everybody across the crew. We want this to have a run like this.”
Sixth-place Everton are 4 factors behind Chelsea after their first away defeat since November.
“They performed higher than us,” Everton Supervisor Carlo Ancelotti mentioned. “As soon as they scored it was harder. We’re upset, however not an excessive amount of.”
West Ham’s sudden bid to complete within the prime 4 gathered tempo with a assured dismantling of Leeds on the London Stadium.
Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa might need identified it wasn’t going to be his night time when his aspect had two early objectives disallowed.
Tyler Roberts’ effort was dominated out for offside towards Helder Costa earlier than Patrick Bamford netted from Raphinha’s cutback, just for replays to indicate the ball had gone over the touchline earlier than the cross.
West Ham took the lead within the twenty first minute after Luke Ayling tripped Jesse Lingard within the space.
Lingard took the penalty and though Illan Meslier saved his shot, the on-loan Manchester United midfielder snapped up the rebound.
West Ham doubled their benefit seven minutes later when Craig Dawson was left unmarked to go in Aaron Cresswell’s nook.
David Moyes’ aspect had been battling relegation at this stage throughout final season.
However they’ve gained 4 of their final six league video games to go away Hammers followers dreaming of a spot in Europe’s elite membership competitors.
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