Havertz hits hat-trick £62m man leads rout

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport - By Jim White at Stam­ford Bridge

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

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.