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Havertz targeting Euro 2020 glory as Chelsea man opens up about the ‘new Ronaldo’ labels given to him


Havertz targeting Euro 2020 glory as Chelsea man opens up about the ‘new Ronaldo’ labels given to him

Havertz’s Chelsea pressure

Kai Havertz was seen as one of the golden boys of European football. His move to Chelsea was married with great pressure and expectation. The sizeable transfer fee did nothing but further that weight on his shoulders.

Havertz spoke ahead of Germany’s opening Euro 2020 match with France about those expectations, likening them to being coined as the ‘new Cristiano Ronaldo.’

“People expect you to be the new Cristiano Ronaldo,” Havertz said in an interview with Suddeutsche Zeitung. “But it won’t be that fast, everything is new and I really didn’t play my best football at the beginning.

“I felt a completely different pressure than before in Leverkusen.”

The former Leverkusen man finished the season with 4 goals and 5 assists in the Premier League. Not a huge amount however he certainly went on an upward trajectory in terms of performance upon the arrival of Thomas Tuchel.

Tuchel’s faith in his compatriot saw Havertz start and score the only goal of the 2021 Champions League final win over Manchester City.

“I’m glad that I was able to end the season with this goal in the Champions League final,” Havertz added.

“The goal was important for the history of the club, but it was important to me to have also done very well personally.”

Havertz targeting Euro 2020 glory as Chelsea man opens up about the ‘new Ronaldo’ labels given to him

Chelsea’s German midfielder Kai Havertz (R) runs with the ball as Everton’s English midfielder Ben Godfrey (L) close in during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Chelsea at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north west England on December 12, 2020. (Photo by Clive Brunskill / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by CLIVE BRUNSKILL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

 

Havertz targeting Euro glory

Germany’s last international tournament ended in embarrassment with an exit in the group stage of the 2018 World Cup.

World Champions at the time, Havertz was merely a spectator of the disappointment but feels his victory in the Champions League can help propel him to a positive tournament with Germany.

“We’re with the national team, we have different processes and different goals here,” said Havertz. “Of course, this title gives me tailwind and a lot of self-confidence, but there’s no point in feeling like a Champions League winner if you screw up the European Championship afterwards.”

Havertz targeting Euro 2020 glory as Chelsea man opens up about the ‘new Ronaldo’ labels given to him

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