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Chelsea’s star tells Thomas Tuchel, “I’m ready to be the No. 9”

Romelu Lukaku’s departure, along with Armando Broja’s potential exit, leaves Chelsea without a typical No. 9 in the lineup.

The acquisition of Lukaku didn’t fit Chelsea’s playing philosophy, and the Belgian had a difficult year.

Under Thomas Tuchel, Kai Havertz frequently played as a false nine, and the German appeared to like the position. Two years ago, Chelsea won the Champions League thanks to his goal.

As Tuchel doesn’t want a conventional number 9, Kai Havertz has recently stated that he is prepared to fill the No. 9 position if necessary.

Havertz remarked at the Allegiant Stadium after Chelsea defeated Club America 2-1 in a preseason friendly on Saturday, “I’ve played a number of positions over the years but last season I played a lot as a No9 and it’s a position I very much like.

“Four years ago, I could never have imagined playing there, looking back. However, I’ve played it more frequently over the past two years and I enjoy the position.

“It’s still advantageous that I am adaptable and can play many places up front, but as a number nine, my primary responsibility is to score goals and provide assists.

“I constantly tell myself before a game that I want to score or assist. As a striker, you have to continually aim for that. Of course, not every game will allow it.

“Only a select few players are truly capable of doing it, and even they occasionally have difficulties. I so enter every game hoping to score and aid the squad.

Havertz said that while consistency is something he strives for, it isn’t always simple.

In football, consistency is a pretty broad term; we play every three days, and we must always maintain a good standard. I must also play consistently in every game and try to score as many goals as I can.

“Occasionally, dropping a level for one game is expected. It’s not always feasible to win games with five goals. For me, maintaining consistency is important, therefore I make an effort to do so.

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