Kai Havertz hails talent of two Chelsea stars after beating Fulham, complains about this season’s match schedule

Chelsea’s goalscoring hero today hailed the talent of Mason Mount and Timo Werner during the 2-0 win over Fulham.

He told Sky Sports: “To be honest, it felt good to score early. It gave me confidence.

“For me, it’s always good to score and I’m happy to help the team. I hope to continue like this one Wednesday.

“We have a lot of quality players in our team and for us it is easy to create chances. I think that’s the aim for the strikers, to score goals.

“When you have midfielders like this behind you it’s always good. I’m lucky they helped me today like this.”

The Chelsea star also discussed the brutal schedule this season as the Blues prepare to face Real Madrid again within days.

He told Sky Sports: “To be honest, it’s very hard [the schedule]. You have to concentrate every three games on another game, another competition.

“When you go home, you have three days to recover and then play again. We have three days to recover, it’s very hard.

“But we are professionals and we have to be professional.”

(Watch Highlights) Havertz scores twice as Chelsea sink Fulham in London derby

A routine win for Chelsea, who move six points clear of fifth-placed West Ham having played a game more than David Moyes’ men.

Perfect warm-up for Real Madrid for Chelsea as they close in on third placed Leicester with three points at Stamford Bridge today.

Kai Havertz was the hero as he doubled his tally for the season with a goal either side of half-time.

N’Golo Kante came off the bench in the second half as he and Christian Pulisic were both rested before the Blues face Real Madrid on Wednesday.

But misery for Fulham who remain nine points behind Newcastle having played a game more and staring at relegation now!

Chelsea Player Ratings vs Fulham: Mendy, Mount, Havertz, others were outstanding as Blues cruise to victory


The Sun rated Thomas Tuchel’s men as they went six points clear of fifth-placed West Ham…

Edouard Mendy – 10
He was surprisingly called upon far too often that Chelsea would have liked him to have been, and he made three big quality saves in the first half to keep Chelsea in front.

Andreas Christensen – 8
Couple nice little runs out from the back with the ball and defensively he was great once again. Some real consistent quality coming from him lately.

Thiago Silva – 8
It was his vision that picked out the run of Mount to put Havertz in for the first goal, and he is always so comfortable at the centre of the defence being the main guy to play out through. Solid defensively as well.

Kurt Zouma – 7
A little uncomfortable at times out wide and under such a high Fulham press in the first half, but he did the job well largely and contributed to the overall performance nicely.

Reece James – 8
Solid performance from him and his pace was tested a few times at the back which he passed with flying colours. His strength was a massive bonus against a physical side.

Billy Gilmour – 8
A couple of early rusty moments were soon cancelled out by a fine and confident performance in the holding role from Gilmour, he read the game very well and helped out in attack as well as at the back.

Mason Mount – 9
He showed a world class touch and pass to create the opener for Kai Havertz. It was a slightly unusual role for him but again he showed his quality, intensity, and creativity in attack.

Ben Chilwell – 8
The word I always seem to use for Chilwell’s performance is more than appropriate once again, a very ‘tidy’ game from him out on the left and his ball play was great. His witch pass to help setup Chelsea’s second goal was just beautiful.

Hakim Ziyech – 7
He was actually thriving in a deeper role, being allowed to create a bit more from deep and start our counter attacks off, this suited him nicely and he had a good game. He dipped when he was pushed further forward again, and was then taken off.

Timo Werner – 6
He was once again working very hard and doing the dirty work, but he was weak on the ball on occasions in the first half and his first touch was off. His pass through for Havertz’ second goal was very good though.

Kai Havertz – 9
Took his early chance well to put Chelsea 1-0 up, and his overall play as a roaming false 9 was useful and caused Fulham a lot of problems at the back. His second goal was even better with his movement into the box.

N’Golo Kante for Ziyech (65 mins) – 7

Kante did Kante things and helped shore up the midfield for Chelsea to see the game out.

Tammy Abraham for Mount (75 mins) – 6. Cameo role for Abraham and he did his job well.

Marcos Alonso for Chilwell (80 mins) – N/A

Half-Time Report: Fulham almost equalize… Chelsea 1-0 Fulham

So close to a late equaliser for Fulham right at the end but Chelsea hold on for a narrow lead into the break.

Lookman’s delivery is headed away by James but Robinson puts the ball back in the area for Ola Aina.

The defender’s strike takes a wicked deflection that almost wrong-foots Mendy but the Chelsea keeper somehow re-adjusts to keep it out.

The loose ball just evades Decordoba-Reid who is following up for the rebound and the home side survive.

Kai Havertz’s first Stamford Bridge goal since October is the difference between the two sides.

But Chelsea could have also been further ahead with Hakim Ziyech guilty of missing a golden chance to double their lead.

(Watch Goal) Kai Havertz scores! 10’… Chelsea 1-0 Fulham

Fulham are undone by a long ball as Thiago Silva launches one from his own box that Mount controls expertly.

The England star then fed a lovely weighted through ball to Havertz whose shot manages to squirm under Areola.

The Blues lead!

Manchester City sign Argentine ‘mini Messi’ Dario Sarmiento

Manchester City have completed the £5.2million signing of Argentine ‘mini Messi’ Dario Sarmiento from Estudiantes.

The Premier League leaders boast one of the best academy setups in the country, and are always keen to bolster their ranks with fresh talent from abroad.

The 18-year-old has drawn comparisons to his compatriot Lionel Messi for his speed and ability on the ball and has been described as a ‘mini’ version of the Barcelona star.

City have been tracking the youngster for some time and began talks to sign him in December, as reported by Sportsmail.

He will officially join the Premier League side in the summer after Estudiantes confirmed the £5.2m deal, which will include add-ons.

In addition to a £5.2m fee, Estudiantes will receive a 20 per cent sell on clause.

Sarmiento will officially become a City player on July 1, Estudiantes have confirmed.

In a statement, the Argentine club said: ‘We can reveal that, upon completion of the transfer agreement signed with Manchester City, Dario Sarmiento will join the English team from July 1 onwards.’

Sarmiento is left-footed, 5ft 6 in and an Argentine youth international – meaning comparisons with Messi have been inevitable.

Lionel Messi wants to help Barcelona to sign Erling Haaland

Lionel Messi will accept reduced terms on his new contract to help Barcelona sign Erling Haaland, according to reports.

Negotiations on the Argentine’s £2.4million-a-week deal are set to begin soon after a financial review by new club president Joan Laporta.

Earlier this month, the player’s dad and agent Jorge Messi landed in Spain in preparation for the talks.

And it has been mooted that Barcelona’s ambition in the transfer market will be a big factor in securing his commitment.

According to Eurosport, Messi will even accept a hefty wage cut if the savings are funnelled into improving the squad.

Borussia Dortmund star Haaland is known to be a top target of the LaLiga giants but could cost £154m.

Real Madrid offer Chelsea, Manchester United target bumper new deal

Real Madrid have reportedly offered Lucas Vazquez a bumper new deal to ward off interest from Manchester United and Chelsea.

The winger, 29, is out of contract at the end of the season and negotiations have been slowed by the club’s financial trouble.

The coronavirus pandemic and expensive Bernabeu revamp initially led to talk of his existing £60,000-a-week contract being offered again, only with a ten per cent pay cut due to the circumstances.

However, Spanish outlet AS now report of a fresh proposal worth £84,000-a-week.

It is said Vazquez wants to stay in Madrid having come through the club’s famed La Fabrica academy to make his debut in 2015.

Since then, he has become a vital option on the right side of midfield and defence for Zinedine Zidane, playing 34 times this season.

Interest was reportedly strong from both United and Chelsea as they look to formulate a Premier League title bid next campaign.

Thomas Tuchel eyes Chelsea reunion with former PSG star as Barcelona battle Blues for midfielder

Chelsea are reportedly battling Barcelona for the signing of Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot in the summer.

The 26-year-old has played 41 times this season, but it is understood that boss Andrea Pirlo has deemed him surplus to requirements.

And with the France international having two years left to run on his contract in Turin, Juve are willing to cash in on the player.

According to Calciomercato, the Serie A giants would listen to offers in the region of £17million for Rabiot – who they signed on a free transfer in 2019.

They claim that both the Blues and the Blaugrana are eyeing up a swoop at the end of the season.

It has been stated that Barcelona are leading the race to secure Rabiot’s services with his agent and mother Veronique already making contact with the Spanish side.

Should Rabiot decide to make the move to Stamford Bridge, he would link up with former gaffer Thomas Tuchel who managed him at Paris Saint-Germain.