Peter Crouch has criticised Chelsea midfielder Kai Havertz’s “lazy and laboured” performance in the 1-0 Champions League defeat to Juventus on Wednesday night.
Havertz was given a start by Thomas Tuchel after being left out of the starting line-up against Manchester City but failed to find his rhythm and create chances against Juventus’ famously solid defence.
The German missed Chelsea’s best chance of the match when he headed over a Ben Chilwell corner in injury time.
And former Liverpool striker and BT Sport pundit Crouch believes Havertz shares similarities with compatriot Mesut Ozil, who was known for his outstanding quality on the ball but low-work rate during his time at Arsenal.
Speaking on BT Sport, Crouch said: “I thought Ziyech and Havertz were very disappointing.
“I think Havertz reminds me of Ozil, he does things where it comes easy to him and he looks technically brilliant but he can also look lazy and laboured at times and he can frustrate you and I thought tonight they were frustrating."
Crouch went on to add that the Blues heavily missed Mason Mount, with the midfielder having missed the clash due to injury.
“He [Mount] has the same quality as those boys but there’s more urgency.
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“Tactically, he gets back in, he potentially works harder – he looks like he works harder. I think that’s the difference.
“[Massimiliano] Allegri got it spot on tonight, they defended very well and made it difficult for Chelsea to break them down.”
Chelsea will face Southampton away from next in the Premier League where they will be hoping to bounce back, having suffered their first league defeat to Man City last Saturday.
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