Tuchel Praises ‘fantastic’ Chelsea Star For His Role In FIFA Club World Cup Win. Chelsea defeated Palmeiras 2-1 to become only the third English team (after Manchester United and Liverpool) to win the FIFA Club World Cup.
In the 54th minute, Romelu Lukaku scored for the Blues with a bullet header. Palmeiras, on the other hand, got back into the game when VAR penalized Thiago Silva’s handball in the box after extra checks.
As the game entered extra time, Raphael Vega scored from the penalty spot for Palmeiras. Just as a penalty shootout appeared to be looming, the Blues were awarded a penalty for a handball by Palmeiras’ Luan.
In the 117th minute, Kai Havertz calmly dispatched his penalty to secure the FIFA Club World Cup trophy. Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel singled out Golden Ball winner Thiago Silva and matchwinner Kai Havertz for special praise. The German manager said:
“Well, he (Silva) almost ruined his performances with a handball for the penalty!” Tuchel joked. “He’s a fantastic player, a fantastic guy. He deserves all the credit. That’s what we expect from him. I’m happy that he has this [Golden Ball] trophy. He absolutely deserves it.”
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Speaking about Kai Havertz, Tuchel said:
“He’s very important for us. You can never bask in these things, live off scoring the winning goal in a huge game. You have to go and do it again and again and again. I’m happy that he stepped up and took responsibility, and with the way, he took his penalty. It’s never easy but he was very convincing.”
The Blues have a number of important games coming up. They will play Crystal Palace in the Premier League next weekend before taking on Lille in the UEFA Champions League.
Chelsea will also be competing for another piece of silverware this month when they face Liverpool in the Carabao Cup final on February 27.