Germany national team manager tells Thomas Tuchel ideal position to get best out Kai Havertz

Germany national coach Hansi Flick thinks he’s got the solution for the Blues boss’ Kai Havertz headache, with regards to the best position to get the best out of the Chelsea forward.
Although the 22-year-old attacker usually plays as a No10, Tuchel’s also started him as a No9, a half striker and a winger.

However, Flick reckons Havertz will flourish in the centre, which is an idea he’s shared with Tuchel before.

While speaking to SportBild, Flick said: “I exchanged ideas with Thomas Tuchel. I can well imagine that he can also play in the centre.”

The Blues boss previously revealed that he likes Havertz to be high up the pitch where he can use his speed to drive at defences and be clinical in front of goal.

He said: “I feel Kai is very comfortable in high positions, to drop into half spaces from the high positions to turn and drive with the ball and use his speed.

“But he also arrives very naturally in the box to finish our attacks. He is comfortable in finishing.”

Havertz has had a slow start at Stamford Bridge since joining for a whopping £71m from Bayer Leverkusen last summer.

He only managed to scrape together five goals in 30 Premier League appearances during his debut season.

Juventus legends slam Cristiano Ronaldo, says he put Old Lady ‘in a difficult situation’

Juventus legends Sergio Brio and Alessio Tacchinardi believe Cristiano Ronaldo disrespected the Old Lady and put the club ‘in a difficult situation.’

Ronaldo left the Bianconeri four days before the end of the summer transfer window, making a shock return to Manchester United.

Juventus found themselves with little time to replace the former Real Madrid superstar and brought in Moise Kean from Everton.

Ronaldo explained that joining Manchester United was “the best decision he could make” and many Juventus fans on social media have found his behaviour disrespectful towards the Serie A giants.

Juventus legends Sergio Brio and Alessio Tacchinardi share the same view.

“Juventus deserve more respect, I didn’t expect Ronaldo to snub the club like this. It was not nice of him,” Brio told Tuttosport.

“I always speak highly of the three clubs where I played: Juventus, Lecce and Pistoiese because they signed me and believed in me. Cristiano is a great professional, but his farewell should have been different.

“Perhaps they didn’t break up gracefully, but I am convinced it was the right thing for the player and the club. If a player is forced to stay, he could cause damage to his teammates and the club.”

Brio, a former Juventus defender, played 385 games with the Bianconeri between 1978 and 1990.

Tacchinardi joined Juventus in 1994 and spent more than a decade in Turin, playing 404 games in a Bianconeri shirt.

“Ronaldo should have left in a different way, not on his private jet while Allegri was talking to the team before the game against Empoli,” the former midfielder said.

“I expected a press conference to say goodbye to the fans. They deserved something different.

“There are no more legends such as Del Piero, Totti, Maldini or Zanetti, but it wasn’t nice to hear from Ronaldo that he was going back to a place he feels like home.

“He put Juventus in a difficult situation, leaving a few days before the end of the transfer window, it is impossible to replace a goal machine like him.”

Former Chelsea, Tottenham target blasts Barcelona, says he and his family “received abusive messages” from Spanish club

Whizkid Ilaix Moriba has slammed Barcelona, claiming they were telling lies in the press prior to his transfer to RB Leipzig.

The Blaugrana chose to sell the 18-year-old on deadline day instead of letting him leave for nothing next year with Leipzig snapping him up for an initial £13million fee.

And he is relieved to have moved on after being targeted with hateful messages from supporters.

He said: “The last few months have been the hardest of my life, we [my family] have received abusive messages but we have been able to get over it to be here today. I don’t deserve these messages.

“They [people at the club] have said many things that are not true and we have had to keep tight-lipped because of the respect that we have for Barcelona. The things that they have said in the press have not been fair.”

Jules Kounde furious at Sevilla over aborted Chelsea move as Spanish club’s chief reveals why defender rejected other bids

Jules Kounde is fuming Sevilla blocked his move to Chelsea, Spanish reports suggest.

The 22-year-old emerged as the No1 defensive target for Thomas Tuchel as the Champions League holders lodged an offer for the French international.

The star made it clear that he wanted to leave Sevilla but the LaLiga side refused to let him go on the cheap.

The Blues had an offer of £42.8m rejected as the Spanish club slapped an £68.5m asking price on his head.

Chelsea were expected to make another move for him on deadline day but that failed to materialise on Tuesday.

Kounde has reportedly not taken Sevilla’s reluctance to let him go well, with the Spanish Football Podcast reporting that he is ‘furious’ over the situation.

And he is believed to be that angry that he is even ignoring calls from Sevilla manager Julen Lopetegui and director of football Monchi while on international duty this week with Les Bleus.

Monchi has spoken openly about the speculation, claiming earlier this week: “Most of [the approaches were] rejected by the player himself but there was a club that he liked, which was Chelsea.”

Didier Drogba aims dig at Arsenal over ex-Chelsea star Willian

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba could not resist the ultimate dig after the former Blues superstar exited the Emirates for home-country club Corinthians on deadline day.

Drogba tweeted: “Thank you agent Willian, your mission is over” – along with a picture of Arsenal propping up the Prem table.

And his mischief went further as he added two other ex-Chelsea players who made the switch to the Gunners.

But David Luiz and Petr Cech achieved far more at Arsenal than Willian – with the latter now back at Stamford Bridge as an advisor.

Saul Niguez brands Chelsea ‘great f***ing team’

Chelsea new boy Saul Niguez has turned the air blue by claiming he is joining a ‘great f***ing team’.

The midfielder also revealed he feared his dream move would never happen and how it went right to the wire on transfer deadline day.

Chelsea clinched a season long loan move for Niguez after days of haggling with his club Atletico Madrid.

But the deal went almost an hour past the 11pm transfer deadline when Spain’s online player registration system crashed.

Relieved Niguez is delighted to have finally joined the European champions with a view to a permanent £35m deal at the end of the season.

Niguez gave an interview to eSports commentator Ibai Llanos, on his Twitch channel and said: “Leaving Atlético is the most difficult decision I have ever taken in my life.

“I have everything here in Madrid and in Spain, it is very hard for me to leave the club.

“But now I believe all parties are happy with this deal because Atlético brings in one of the best players of its history [Antoine Griezmann] and I’m going to play for Chelsea. And let’s be honest, Chelsea has a great f***ing team.”

Cristiano Ronaldo returns to Manchester United after ban from Portugal’s next World Cup qualifier

Cristiano Ronaldo has been released from international duty after being banned for Portugal’s next World Cup qualifier.

Manchester United have now received a huge boost ahead of their Premier League clash with Newcastle after the news was confirmed on Thursday.

Ronaldo, 36, was handed a one-match suspension after being booked as he celebrated his record-setting late double in Portugal’s 2-1 comeback win against the Republic of Ireland.

And it saw him ruled out of Tuesday’s trip to Azerbaijan.

But Ronaldo will no longer have to stick around with Portugal, who first face Qatar in a friendly on Saturday, and is allowed to head for Carrington.

A statement from the Portuguese FA read: “Cristiano Ronaldo was excused from the national team on Thursday.

“The yellow card against Ireland, being the second in this stage of qualification, forces him to fulfil an official game of suspension, which will happen against Azerbaijan.

“This morning, the captain of the national team was part of the group of players who carried out recovery work at the hotel.”