Joao Felix has given Kai Havertz his support so that he may regain his scoring touch and help lead a Chelsea comeback against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League today.
Chelsea Online News:
Kai Havertz has scored just two goals since the World Cup and has gone seven games without doing so, a drought lasting nearly two months and 582 minutes of play.
Joao Felix, though, is sure that the German will start against Dortmund and regain his form. Chelsea F.C. is down 1-0 after the first leg of their round of 16 match, and tonight’s match at Stamford Bridge could determine Graham Potter’s future.
Failing to advance in Europe would put more pressure on the head coach and, with Chelsea now in 10th place in the Premier League, virtually kill their chances of competing in the Champions League the coming season.
In the 2021 Champions League final, Havertz scored the game-winning goal for Chelsea, and Potter plans to stick with a player who has shown himself in crucial moments before.
“Kai is an amazing player, everyone knows who he is and what he has done for the club,” said Felix. “In football, sometimes you are on a streak to score every game and then every time you don’t score, but you just have to keep working.
“Kai is a really good guy, he never stops working, he is always searching to be better and he will score.”
The fans’ goodwill toward Havertz following his heroics in the Champions League two years ago is slowly fading as the 23-year-old is utilized as a central striker but fails to bolster a blunt Chelsea attack that has scored just two goals in seven games.
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Havertz had a great opportunity to score against Leeds on Saturday but missed it when he faced Illan Meslier one-on-one. However, but he has occasionally worked effectively with Felix.
Felix is confident that Chelsea will score tonight as they aim to advance to the quarterfinals.
“For me and the strikers, it’s always frustrating to see our team not scoring, but that is football — sometimes you shoot 10 times and you don’t score and sometimes you shoot once and you score two,” said the on-loan Atletico Madrid forward.
“We just have to live with that, keep working, keep pushing and for sure the goals will appear.”
Since the World Cup, Dortmund has gone undefeated, and Edin Terzic’s team is in contention to win the Bundesliga title. Dortmund came to London on a 10-game winning streak and are lead by England star Jude Bellingham.