Thomas Tuchel admits he expected ‘more’ progress from Kai Havertz at Chelsea this season.
The Germany international has shown only glimpses of his talent since his £71million move from Bayer Leverkusen just over a year ago.
Tuchel has revealed Havertz improved his attitude and application during Chelsea’s pre-season campaign.
But the Chelsea manager admits the midfielder has not been able to transfer that to games this season.
‘He came back [in pre-season] and showed a different attitude in training, a mature way of training, a mature way of using his body,” Tuchel said.
“Yeah, I’m not shy to say we expected more of this in the games. At the same time, it’s important that I feel like the whole team is a bit stuck in expectations.
‘I do not know why. Maybe from our success, maybe from the expectations that come with success. It’s very, very important and necessary that we wipe it off our shoulders and that we focus and make it here and now.
“We definitely want more from Kai, more of what he can deliver, because he’s full of talent.
“No one is mad at him. But once you play for Chelsea, of course we want to get the best out of you.
“Yes, they have to accept these expectations, but at the same time they have to get rid of them and be the best you can and fight hard to be a major player that we want to be.
“Every time is a crucial moment. We will push. We will try to help and eventually the players have to show it. It’s their game, it’s their moments that they have to use and appreciate.’