Kai Havertz labels teammates ‘special player’ after Chelsea win over Burnley

Kai Havertz has labelled Reece James a ‘special player’ after the wing-back’s goal and assist in Chelsea’s 4-0 win over Burnley on Saturday.

After a goalless first half, James opened the scoring with a low strike into the corner, before Havertz headed in a cross from Christian Pulisic.

Just minutes later, Havertz got his second when he bundled in James’ cross, and the scoring was wrapped up by Pulisic not long after the third.

“He’s a special player for us, a very important player for us,” Havertz said of James, via BBC Sport.

“He’s a full-back, but he also scores. He’s a great character and a very good player.”

On scoring twice himself, Havertz added: “It’s always very difficult when you don’t score, but these goals help. Sometimes you have to wait a bit to get them. I always want more and more.

“We’re very pleased. The result is very good for us,” Havertz continued.

“We needed these goals and the clean sheet. It was difficult, especially in the first half. It was important that we scored early in the second half.

“We switched our formation a little bit [at half-time] – I think that helped us. Reece’s goal was brilliant and it helped us a lot. We’re pleased about these four goals.

“The confidence is there. I think after the loss in the Carabao Cup final it was a little bit hard to come back, but we showed great character in the FA Cup.

“The first six months of the year were hard, especially the winter when we had a lot of injuries. We’re on a good run again and we want to keep that going.”