What Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel did after stunning Kai Havertz winner in Newcastle clash


Chelsea star Kai Havertz scored a stunning late winner against Newcastle to hand the Blues an important win following a chaotic week. Havertz had endured a tough and bruising battle with Magpies defender Dan Burn before he had the final say on a tight game.

The attacker collected Jorginho’s lofted pass, exquisitely brought the ball under control and then flicked an effort beyond Martin Dubravka.  

It was a wonderful way to end a game that was otherwise devoid of quality.  

And it was a vital win for Chelsea, who have suffered badly from the government-imposed sanctions on Roman Abramovich. 

The oligarch, who bought the Premier League club in 2003, has been sanctioned due to his alleged links with Russian president Vladimir Putin. 

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has had to face tough questions over the last few weeks, with Putin ordering an invasion of Ukraine.  

Tuchel’s future is in doubt as Chelsea are currently unable to offer new contracts as part of strong implications caused by the sanctions imposed on Abramovich.  

The 48-year-old has a deal until 2024 but has been linked with the soon-to-be-vacant Manchester United job.  

United will appoint a permanent manager in the summer once Ralf Rangnick has stepped aside from his interim post. 

However, rumours linking Tuchel with a departure will no doubt reignite next week.  

Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher ominously predicts that a switch to Premier League rivals United is not implausible.  

“That is up to Manchester United I suppose,” the former England defender said. “But the situation Chelsea find themselves in, other top clubs will be looking at the manager and players going forward.  

“He is one of the best managers in world football and Manchester United are looking for one. I think he has come out and said he is fully committed to the club but that situation could change with the new ownership as the season goes on.”


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