Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel feels Kai Havertz can take inspiration from the “quality, attitude and career” that Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo has had.
The 37-year-old was on hand again for United as he salvaged a point on Thursday night. His well-executed volley brought the Reds level after a dismal opening hour against the Londoners which saw Marcos Alonso break the deadlock just two minutes prior to the equaliser.
Havertz has struggled in front of goal in his recent outings with just two goals in April, missing multiple opportunities at Old Trafford. The German head coach has tipped the 22-year-old to rediscover his scoring form with a nod to Ronaldo as inspiration.
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“But in the last weeks, he had a kind of shape and form that he would’ve put this game to bed for us.,” he said via Football.London. “It’s also time for them [the attacking players] to adapt, there is still a time of adaptation to the rhythm and schedule.
“The schedule is ruthless for us and still, it’s the moment that they have to adapt to the league, the physicality, the rhythm, the demands. The boys are still young: Mason (Mount) is still young, Timo is still young, Kai is still young.
“It will come, they will learn because they are good guys and have the right attitude. It’s not always easy to arrive fully composed and with the biggest ease because we demand a lot off the counter-pressing, attacking with the first line when the opponents wants to play out.
“So they have a bit of credit,” he added. Tuchel was probed on whether the United attacker could inspire the Germany international, he revealed: “I think many players can look up to the quality, attitude and career of Ronaldo.”