Chelsea manager Frank expresses delighted about Kai Havertz and Timo Werner brilliant performance – says there’s more to come from two talented attackers after the pair made their full debut in Blues’ win against Brighton.
The west London club kicked off their Premier League campaign with a 3-1 win on the south coast, where boss Frank Lampard handed full debut of his new German acquisitiona.
Werner, 24, played a part in Chelsea’s opened when he was taken down by goalkeeper Mat Ryan inside the penalty area following an interception high up the field, which allowed Jorginho to scored from spot.
Havertz, meanwhile, had a quiet debut and it was clear that the former Bayer Leverkusen attacking midfielder will need him time with his team-mates to bed in at the club.
But boss Frank Lampard was impressed with both of his new attackers and says they’ll only get better from here.
‘I was really pleased with Timo, with Timo I know the qualities he’s going to bring to the team,’ said Lampard.
‘We saw that with the speed to win the penalty, and the moments where he showed his speed and his qualities as well. He’s going to be a real threat, he’s a very mobile centre forward who can do so many things for us.
‘So it was nice, and Timo is one that has had some games, and has had a bit of fitness, and you can see that in the way he was tonight. Timo took a knock when he won the penalty. It’s more of a dead leg we hope. I wouldn’t think too much in terms of next week there but I’d think it was a dead leg; we’ve got a bit of time for him to get right.’
Asked first about Havertz’s performance, Lampard said: ‘I liked him. It’s not a game where you come away and say “there’s 10 vintage moments’ but I thought there were moments of big quality and calmness.
‘It’s a big ask [to settle in immediately] there’s lot on his shoulders for the singing that he was he’s young and coming into a new league.
‘His quality will come through. It’s asking a lot for him tonight but we saw glimpses. We’re going to see a lot more of him, I think he’s a hugely talented young player.’
Christian Pulisic was not fit in time for Chelsea’s season opener on the south coast, despite returning to training in the week after hamstring trouble. The USA forward will be a doubt for Sunday’s clash with defending champions Liverpool, but they’ll hope to have Hakim Ziyech and Ben Chilwell available.
The pair missed the visit to the south coast alongside fellow new boy Thiago Silva, who yet to training with his new team-mates.
Lampard on Pulisic: ‘With Christian (Pulisic), he was training with us last week and had a little bit of discomfort a couple of days ago when he was trying to train with us to be in contention for today.
‘It would have been a big ask for today but he has had to take a few steps back so we’ll have to see. That’s one that I don’t have big news on at the minute. We’ll need to wait and see.’