Graham Potter criticises Kai Havertz for mocking Everton keeper Jordan Pickford
‘I don’t think you should involve the opponent’: Graham Potter criticizes Kai Havertz for mocking Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford after scoring a penalty past him… as Chelsea manager laments a ‘loss of control’ in the disappointing 2- 2 draw
- Chelsea had a disappointing 2-2 draw with Everton on Saturday night.
- Kai Havertz appeared to taunt Jordan Pickford as he put the Blues ahead 2-1
- Chelsea boss Graham Potter did not approve of the German striker’s celebration
Chelsea boss Graham Potter has criticized Kai Havertz for his goal celebration during the Blues’ 2-2 draw with Everton.
In a heart-pounding clash at Stamford Bridge, Abdoulaye Doucoure returned Joao Félix’s opening goal before Havertz put Chelsea ahead again with a 76th-minute penalty.
However, after scoring the penalty, the German striker appeared to taunt Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
As the ball hit the back of the net, Havertz clapped his hands to his ears in front of the England number 1, while sticking out his tongue as he walked away to celebrate.
Ellis Simms then equalized with a dramatic goal on 89 minutes to ensure Pickford had the last laugh between the two.
Kai Havertz appeared to taunt Everton’s No. 1 Jordan Pickford after scoring a penalty yesterday.
As she walked away to celebrate, she cupped her hands over her ears as she stuck out her tongue.
And, after the game, Potter explained that he wasn’t happy about Havertz’s celebration.
“When players score, they have something of an out-of-body experience,” said the Chelsea manager.
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.
Potter also expressed his frustration at his team’s loss of points against the Toffees in a result that leaves them 11 points out of the top four with 11 games remaining.
He added: ‘As I said, Everton used their strengths well. They have physicality and they used (Abdoulaye) Doucourse and (Andre) Onana to win long balls, second balls, throw-ins, set pieces and create danger.
‘Teams have always done well with Sean (Dyche). It is not easy to control it as well as you would like.
“We lost a little bit of control for a short period of time and when we did, we conceded. That’s the frustrating part.
The Blues are back in action with a home clash against Aston Villa after the international break, with the success of their season now centered around their Champions League campaign.
In Friday’s quarter-final draw, they knocked out Spanish giants Real Madrid, and are hoping to avenge a loss to Carlo Ancelotti’s side at the same stage of last year’s competition.
Graham Potter was adamant that players should not involve opponents during their celebrations.
Pickford, pictured above at full time, had the last laugh after Ellis Simms’ late equalizer.