Chelsea boss Graham Potter CANNOT WATCH as Kai Havertz comes forward to re-take the penalty that proved the winner in their Champions League tie with Borussia Dortmund after Germany’s first penalty hit the post
Chelsea boss Graham Potter couldn’t bring himself to watch Kai Havertz’ penalty on Tuesday as the striker put the Blues 2-1 ahead in their crucial win over Borussia Dortmund.
The Germany international hit the post with his first penalty, but was given another chance after a Dortmund player forced his way into the penalty area.
Havertz coolly slid off his second attempt, but his boss didn’t seem too confident as he held his head in his hands and stared at the ground as the shot was fired.
It came after Raheem Sterling opened the scoring in the first half after several big chances that just wouldn’t fall for the hosts.
Havertz had hit the post, Ben Chilwell volleyed wide and Kalidou Koulibaly couldn’t get the ball out of his feet after the ball fell on him from close range.
Kai Havertz scored from the spot to send Chelsea to the quarter-finals of the Champions League
That came after Raheem Sterling opened the score before half time with a good hit shot
Graham Potter could not watch as Havertz took his penalty and instead ‘sit down and listen to the crowd’
They kept the 2-0 lead on the day, sending them through with a 2-1 aggregate victory and now progress to the UCL quarter-finals.
Potter’s stress is perhaps understandable given the importance of his team’s result on Tuesday.
Although he was under a little less pressure following Chelsea’s win over Leeds at the weekend, there were still many who felt the Blues boss needed a win against Dortmund to keep his job.
The former Brighton boss will now go into Saturday’s clash with Leicester in a more comfortable position.
Questioned about the penalty at BT Sport, Potter said: ‘I couldn’t watch after the first one, I just sat down and listened to the crowd.’
“I knew they had infringed, our assistant is better at the rules than me and he explained it to me.
“It was him (Havertz) or Recce (James) to be honest, and it’s up to them on the field.
‘We were thrilled. I didn’t look at it, but I was thrilled when I heard the roar. Not for me, taking penalties! I am in awe of anyone who can do that.’
“I didn’t look at it, but I was thrilled when I heard the roar.”