Havertz hits hat-trick £62m man leads rout
Rarely can Frank Lampard have enjoyed an evening as satisfying as this. The Chelsea manager gave some of his fringe players minutes, £62 million striker Kai Havertz bagged a first senior hat-trick, and his side won with an ease that bordered on contemptuous.
“It was a very good night,” he said. “All the individuals, the minutes, the combinations: very positive.”
Lampard made eight changes from the Chelsea team defeated by Liverpool on Sunday. But, even among his second string, there was still no sign of Antonio Rudiger, surely now destined elsewhere. “The situation is I can’t have all the centrebacks in the squad,” said Lampard of his absence. “But nothing is concrete, so don’t read too much into it.”
Barnsley arrived in west London on the back of two league defeats, a start which suggested little had changed since their Wigangoing-into-administration-assisted escape from relegation last season.
Within moments of the kick-off the pattern was established when Havertz played in Callum HudsonOdoi, whose shot was well beaten out by Barnsley keeper Brad Collins.
Gerhard Struber’s side may be destined for a season of struggle, but had opportunities, as when Willy Caballero saved from Cauley Woodrow. From the corner, Aapo Halme headed into the keeper’s hands. He also saved well after Michael Sollbauer had robbed Hudson-Odoi.
But, ultimately, class will tell. As was clear when Halme was caught by Tammy Abraham dithering. The forward stole in and passed beyond Collins. Minutes later, Havertz joined in. Picking up Mason Mount’s pass after a lovely leave by Abraham, he strode forward and stroked the ball into a corner of Collins’s goal.
In the second half, Chelsea continued to make their manager purr. Havertz brilliantly seized on some indecision by Alex Mowatt and, as the ball broke, Ross Barkley stole possession, drifted into the Barnsley area and fired past Collins. Havertz then got another for himself, tapping home Abraham’s cut back. Moments later, Abraham set him up again to dance around Collins and complete his hat-trick, with what proved to be his last touch of the game, before giving way to yet another new signing Ben Chilwell.
“It was everything I wanted the night to be for him,” said Lampard. “To have some freedom on the ball, the combinations he had with Tammy, his three goals, a great night. The first of many for him.”
And there was yet time for Olivier Giroud to remind everyone he was still around, coming off the substitutes’ bench to bag the sixth.
So it was the narrative ran precisely to assumption: the Championship strugglers did not convert their chances, while the serial Champions League contenders ruthlessly made their opportunities count. No wonder Lampard was smiling at the end. This was what he wanted: his second string giving him a selection dilemma and Havertz demonstrating what a signing he might prove.
Chelsea (4-2-3-1) Caballero 8; Azpilicueta 6, Tomori 7, Silva 6 (Zouma 61), Emerson 6; Barkley 7, Kovacic 6; Hudson-Odoi 6, Havertz 9 (Chilwell 66), Mount 7; Abraham 7 (Giroud 72). Subs Baxter (g), James, Jorginho, Werner. Barnsley (3-4-1-2) Collins 5; Sollbauer 5, Halme 5, J Williams 5; Ludewig 6, Ritzmaier 6 (Oduor 57), Mowatt 5, Styles 6; Schmidt 5; Frieser 6 (Chaplin 57), Woodrow 5 (Thomas h-t). Subs Walton (g), Moon, Simoes, Adeboyejo. Booked Collins.
Referee Darren Bond (Lancashire).
Kai Havertz celebrates with fellow scorer Tammy Abraham as Chelsea sweep aside Barnsley to reach the fourth round of the Carabao Cup
Cool finisher: Kai Havertz slots the ball past Brad Collins for his first Chelsea hat-trick and his side’s fifth goal on the night