Graham Potter Criticises Kai Havertz for Mocking Jordan Pickford in Chelsea vs Everton Stalemate

Graham Potter Criticises Kai Havertz for Mocking Jordan Pickford in Chelsea vs Everton Stalemate

  • Graham Potter took issue with Kai Havertz's method of celebration in Chelsea's latest Premier League game
  • Havertz took a swipe at Jordan Pickford after successfully converting a penalty in the second half
  • Potter wasn't impressed by the German's celebration as Chelsea dropped valuable points

Chelsea Head Coach Graham Potter has rebuked Kai Havertz for mocking Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford during the English Premier League match at Stamford Bridge on March 18th.

Havertz and Pickford had a couple of run-ins throughout the game, with either side having to settle for a point after a two-all stalemate.

Graham Potter, Kai Havertz, Jordan Pickford, Chelsea vs Everton
Jordan Pickford celebrates behind Kai Havertz at the end of Chelsea's game vs Everton on March 18th. Photo by Glyn Kirk.
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Pickford made a couple of decent stops to deny Havertz before the German powered a penalty past him in the 76th minute to hand Chelsea the lead for the second time in the game.

Reece James was fouled in the area and as Havertz prepared to take the penalty, the England number 1 tried to taunt him in an attempt to throw him off balance.

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Havertz penalty

His tactics failed as Havertz sent him the wrong way. As he wheeled away to celebrate, he cupped off his ears and looked towards Pickford in a clear and apparent mock. Sadly for Havertz, Ellis Simms came off the bench late on to rescue a point for the Toffees.

Speaking after the game, Potter lashed out at his striker for mocking Pickford. The soft-spoken manager was of the idea that they were other ways to celebrate.

"I’m not sure. When players score, they have something like an out-of-body experience. I didn’t score many myself, so I wouldn’t know. You should enjoy the celebration, I don’t think you need to involve the opponent. That would be my perspective," as quoted by Goal.

Havertz's successful penalty conversion saw him score in the third consecutive match.

Todd Boehly's reaction to Chelsea draw

Sports Brief has also reported that Chelsea's co-controlling owner Todd Boehly issued a savage response at the end of the club's game vs Everton on March 18th.

The Blues were held to a frustrating two-all draw, with the Toffees coming from behind twice to rescue a valuable point in their relegation dogfight.

Boehly was among the fans at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening and wasn't too impressed with the result. The draw ended Graham Potter's winning run of three games in all competitions.