‘Havertz contributed to Chelsea’s loss and he reminds me of Ozil’ – Crouch lashes out
Crouch pointed out that the Blues are a better side when Mason Mount plays, suggesting his work rate makes him a more valuable player than the likes of Havertz and Ziyech
Erstwhile England and Liverpool forward Peter Crouch has made Kai Havertz and Ziyech the scape-goats of Chelsea’s loss to Juventus last night.
Havertz played all 90 minutes but struggled to make an impact as the Blues failed to break down a well organized Juventus team, who took the lead just eleven seconds after the restart.
Despite dominating possession, the men at Stamford Bridge were unable to find an equalizer to their one-goal deficit against the Old Ladies.
Romelu Lukaku and the 22-year-old Havertz missed some golden opportunities which could have turned the Blues pain to gain.
In Crouch post-match analysis to BT Sport, the 40-year-old ex-England striker said:
"I thought Ziyech and Havertz were very disappointing. I think Havertz reminds me of Ozil.
"He does things where it comes easy to him and he looks technically brilliant.
"But he can also look lazy and laboured at times and he can frustrate you and I thought tonight they were frustrating."
For all Havertz's technical ability, he has largely underwhelmed in a Chelsea shirt since signing for the Blues in September 2020.
Havertz arrived at Chelsea with a hefty price tag, becoming the Blues’ second most expensive signing ever at £70m, before slipping to third after the arrival of Romelu Lukaku for £97.5m this summer.
The 22-year-old German youngster wrote his name in the history books when he scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory over Manchester City back in May to win Chelsea’s second Champions League trophy.
Crouch also pointed out that Chelsea are a better side when Mason Mount plays, suggesting his work rate makes him a more valuable player than the likes of Havertz and Ziyech.
"Mount has the same quality as those boys but there’s more urgency.
'Tactically, he gets back in, he potentially works harder. He looks like he works harder. I think that’s the difference." Crouch added.
The ex-Liverpool ace was also full of praise for the tactics of Juventus manager, Massimiliano Allegri, who has endured a difficult start to life in his second spell as Juve manager.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel after last night defeat to Juve also said:
"You have to play with zero mistakes in midfield and take the risks in the right moment.
"To do this you need to be in rhythm, good decision-making.
"I didn't feel us fresh today, mentally. We were in training yesterday. Today it was not like this. I don't know why.
"If you need any proof, look at the two ball losses in the first half and the cheap goal we gave away.
"I felt we were tired, mentally slow with our decision making. We had ball possession, high recoveries but two crucial ball losses. You can't have this on this kind of level."