German forward Kai Havertz remains optimistic about Chelsea's progress and their ability to build chemistry with the new players despite the loss at Borussia Dortmund.
The club spent over $350 million on new signings in January but notably did not bring in a proven striker. This decision may have contributed to their recent difficulties in front of the goal.
In the match against Dortmund, Chelsea registered 21 shots, including eight on target, but could not find the back of the net. On-loan forward Joao Felix hit the woodwork, while Kalidou Koulibaly and Enzo Fernandez, who joined the club for a British record fee of over $130 million, were denied by Dortmund's goalkeeper.
Chelsea's new manager Graham Potter has struggled to find the right balance in the team since taking over in September, with the club scoring only 25 goals in 24 games under his leadership. However, Havertz remains optimistic that the team can continue to improve and build on their performance against Dortmund.
"We have to look at the positives and keep working hard," he said. "There's still a long way to go in the season and we believe in ourselves and what we're capable of achieving. We just need to keep improving and working together as a team."
The return leg of Chelsea's last-16 tie against Dortmund will be played on March 7 in London, and it remains to be seen if the team can turn their recent struggles around and progress in the competition. However, with Havertz and the new signings continuing to gel with the team, there is reason for Chelsea fans to be hopeful for the future.