Who is Chelsea’s penalty taker now that Jorginho has left? Graham Potter reveals spot-kick selection
- Italian starred from the spot for Blues
- German forward taking over
- Plenty of practice put in from 12 yards
WHAT HAPPENED? The Blues boasted the most reliable of penalty takers when Italy international Jorginho was in their ranks, with the Euro 2020 and Champions League winner converting 27 of his 31 efforts for the club outside of shootouts. Chelsea now need somebody else to step up, while there is the potential for their Champions League last-16 encounter with Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday to go the distance, and Potter has revealed that faith is being placed in German forward Havertz when it comes to prevailing in a battle of wills from 12 yards.
WHAT THEY SAID: Potter has said: “The players are always practising penalties. We are prepared for the eventuality and possibility [of a penalty shootout]. We want to win it before that but if not then we will be prepared to go through in that way. Kai is our penalty taker in the absence of Jorginho.”
THE BIGGER PICTURE: Havertz has scored just six goals through 32 appearances for Chelsea this season, with the target found on 29 occasions in total across 125 outings for the Premier League heavyweights.
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WHAT NEXT? Havertz once missed a penalty for Chelsea in a UEFA Super Cup clash with Villarreal, but he was successful from the spot in a FIFA Club World Cup win over Palmeiras in February 2022.