Chelsea 6 Barnsley 0: Kai Havertz hat-trick completes perfect route for Blues | Football | Sport
Kai Havertz and Thiago Silva provided the perfect answer to one of the oldest questions asked of foreign imports to the Premier League.
Emphatically, it turns out they can do it against Barnsley on a wet Wednesday night, thank you very much.
The Germany international opened his goalscoring account in England with a coolly-taken hat-trick.
Meanwhile his Brazilian colleague lasted an hour of London’s inclement weather and the Tyke’s eager pressure.
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It was Thiago’s first game since the Champions League final against Bayern Munich and in the 14th minute, he very nearly gave away his first goal when Patrick Schmidt robbed him of possession and Dominik Frieser was inches away from meeting his cross.
So enterprising was some of the Championship side’s play against a lacklustre Chelsea team containing eight changes from the Liverpool game that Willy Caballero was even able to add to Kepa Arrizabalaga’s woes with a half-decent goalkeeping display to increase the competition.
More selflessness from Abraham teed up Havertz for his second in the 55th minute – a simple tap-in.
Thiago considered to have earned his badge of honour after an hour and was replaced by Kurt Zouma – stiffer tests will determine whether the 36-year-old really can still manage the pace at this level.
Havertz still had his match ball to collect, leaving the Barnsley defence in tatters once more to round Collins and roll his shot gently into the empty net.
It was his cue to make way for another debutant, Ben Chilwell to take part in what was turning into a practice drill.
But for some weak finishing, Chelsea could have taken the scoreline towards double figures.
As it was, substitute Oliver Giroud was the only one to take advantage, heading in deftly from Chilwell’s curling cross in the 83rd minute.
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