Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has revealed a player in his squad that played through pain against Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday night.
The Blues hosted Tottenham at Stamford Bridge in the first leg of the semi-final, but Tuchel, in a post-match statement, revealed that Kai Havertz was playing through the pain of a ‘horrible’ broken finger during the Blues 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur last night.
Havertz had a nasty broken finger in the tumble that followed his early finish against Tottenham.
His goal and an own goal from Ben Davies saw the Blues defeat Tottenham at Stamford Bridge.
The Germany international battled the pain until half-time when he was removed.
“Kai has an issue with his finger, he broke his finger and it looked horrible,” Tuchel said at his post-match press conference.
“And he played through the pain that was getting bigger and bigger. He survived until half-time and then we had to make the change.
“I liked our performance a lot. We looked full of confidence and had two late last-minute pieces of bad news with Thiago Silva and N’Golo Kante, who were both supposed to start.
“So we decided at the last minute to maybe switch to a back four. The guys were very committed and very open to that, to making such a late change.
“And it was a very strong performance, so it was a well-deserved win in a big match against a very strong opponent.”