Kai Havertz reflects on his very short experience in the English top-flight following an 80-minute stretch in his Chelsea debut.
It produced much excitement among the Chelsea fans when Frank Lampard named two of his summer signings, Kai Havertz and Timo Werner, in the starting XI for the 2020/21 Premier League season opener.
Werner failed to get on the scoresheet but he did earn a penalty through which his new side gained the lead. The striker also showed glimpses of his brilliance as he continued to be a thorn in the opposition defense throughout the match.
Havertz, meanwhile, had far less impact in the 3-1 win over Brighton. The midfielder’s inability to influence the match was probably due to him playing on the right side of midfield and not in his preferred central position.
Both the players, who cost upwards of €120 million combined, will be expected to step up their performances as they gradually adjust to their new environment.
There is perhaps a greater burden on Havertz, who had a greater share in the aforementioned figure, to shine and show the creativity he so elegantly used to do while at Bayer Leverkusen.
“It was a very tough game, very difficult because I had long holidays and I came back and trained for five or six days with the team,” said Havertz, reflecting on his debut, as Evening Standard reports.
“More important is that we won so I am very happy to make my debut.
“The Premier League is much tougher than the Bundesliga. I have seen that in training and saw it in the game as well. But I am happy to play 80 minutes and hopefully next week I will continue.”