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Happy to Hav a go
Kai Havertz was delighted to get on the scoresheet as Chelsea beat Lille 2-0 last night — but he was quick to admit the European champions were far from their best.
With Blues boss Thomas Tuchel dropping Romelu Lukaku to the bench for the first leg of the Champions League last-16 tie, Havertz returned to his false nine role to spearhead the attack at Stamford Bridge.
And the German opened the scoring after just eight minutes, with Christian Pulisic adding a second in the 63rd minute.
Havertz, 22, said: "We didn’t play our best football. It was hard.
"We could not get the aggression on the pitch we have had the last three weeks, so it was hard, but we won 2-0 in the end and that’s the most important thing.
"We have a lot of good strikers. It’s good to have a change to not make it easy for the opponents. It worked well but I enjoy every position."
Klopp praises Diaz
Jurgen Klopp could not be happier with the impact Luis Diaz has made since joining Liverpool from Porto last month.
The Reds saw off competition from Tottenham to snap up the Colombian winger for an initial fee of £37.5million.
Diaz, 25, made his debut for the Merseysiders in the in the 3-1 FA Cup win over Cardiff earlier this month and netted his first goal for the club as Norwich were beaten by the same scoreline last Saturday.
Speaking ahead of tonight's Premier League game with Leeds, Klopp said: "We wanted Diaz because we saw him playing and we saw it was easy to fit him in with all the things he is doing.
"He is a really talented player with an incredible work-rate. I am really happy with what he is delivering now."
Get set for a rollercoaster ride
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta believes Arsenal will be locked in a battle to finish in the top four until the final day of the season.
The Gunners head into tomorrow night's Premier League showdown with Wolves four points adrift of Manchester United, who currently occupy the final Champions League spot.
But with three games in hand on Ralf Rangnick's men, Arteta is not overly concerned about the gap.
He said: "The race will go right to the end. A lot of clubs are involved.
"We play at home [tomorrow] and the importance of that will be crucial to get to our destination.
"It’s going to be a bit of rollercoaster. There will be moments when there is a gap and other moments when teams catch up."
ITV snap up EFL highlights
ITV will be the home of EFL highlights from next term.
The free-to-air TV network have signed a two-season partnership covering the Championship, League One, League Two, the Carabao Cup and the Papa John's trophy.
A comprehensive round-up of the day’s EFL action will be screened at 9pm each Saturday on ITV4, with a repeat on the main channel later in the evening.
Highlights of midweek games will also be broadcast on ITV and ITV Hub.
Justin signs on for more
James Justin has extended his deal with Leicester until 2026.
The versatile full-back, 24, has impressed since joining the Foxes from Luton in the summer of 2019 — making 54 appearances to date and scoring four goals.
His campaign was cut short last season by an ACL injury but he returned to action for Brendan Rodgers' side last month.
The delighted ace said: "There's only one place I want to be at now and that’s Leicester.
"They’ve put great faith in me over the past year when I’ve been out injured.
"It just shows what a great club Leicester is that they’re willing to give me a new deal when I’m just returning from injury."
Celtic have chosen not to train on Bodo/Glimt's artificial pitch ahead of the decisive leg of their Europa Conference League knockout round play-off tomorrow.
The Bhoys have a mountain to climb against the Norwegian champions after losing the opening game 3-1.
But boss Ange Postecoglou has opted not to take any extra measures ahead of the return leg.
He said: "There are no easy solutions. We have already had two games this year on an artificial pitch so there is not a great deal to be gained.
"Us flying there and having a session on their pitch is going to make absolutely zero difference.
"Every week has a different challenge. If you are expecting that after one session you are going to find some miracle that you haven't thought about, that is going to win you the game, you fall into the wrong trap."