Rio Ferdinand claims Kai Havertz was ‘smooth’ in Chelsea league victory

Rio Ferdinand gave credit to Kai Havertz following his Chelsea performance on Saturday in the victory over Crystal Palace.

The Blues produced a clinical second-half display to beat Palace 4-0 at Stamford Bridge and earn a much-needed three points.

After a frustrating opening 45 minutes, Frank Lampard’s side opened up in the second-half and left-back Ben Chilwell fired in a close-range finish to open the scoring on his first league start for his new club.


Kurt Zouma’s well placed header doubled the lead and penalty specialist Jorginho then converted twice from the spot.

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Chelsea’s big-name signing Havertz once again started in the number 10 position, where he was given a free licence to roam and he popped up in various areas of the pitch.

The 21-year-old German produced a fantastic bit of skill to earn his side a penalty, plus he was involved some neat and intelligent passages of play around the box.

Pundit and ex-England international Ferdinand gave Havertz a positive mention in his post-match analysis of the Chelsea result.


“Beautiful bit of skill by Havertz there [to win the penalty], he was smooth all game by the way today,”

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Chelsea have a whole crop of new players trying to fit into Lampard’s system after a busy transfer window, but Havertz has arguably been one of the standouts so far.

The left-footed attacker looks like he can be a real creative force moving forward and he’s showing he’s got a desire to get in the box too with his aerial threat

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