Why England should fear Kai Havertz
It was a moment that left Kai Havertz’s interviewer stunned, and those who know him even more stunned.
Asked shortly after the Champions League final was over whether his winning goal justified his £ 62million expense, Havertz said: “To be honest I couldn’t give a f — because we just won the f — — Champions League! “
It’s a quote that will live on with Havertz, certainly in England, and yet it belies the calm, polite and at times shy character who once missed a Champions League game with Bayer Leverkusen to prepare for his school exams.
The Porto goal, ahead of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, who took personal interest in his signing last summer, has proven to be the start of a great month for Havertz.
At 22 years and eight days old, Havertz became Germany’s youngest goalscorer in European Championship history when he scored in the win over Portugal and he scored the goal again in the game. draw with Hungary who organized Tuesday night’s last 16 games against England at Wembley. There he will find Kyle Walker and John Stones, whose last meeting with Havertz saw him shatter their dream of a first Champions League trophy with Manchester City.
Havertz was the arch-diplomat when discussing the game against England at Germany’s Bavarian training camp on Sunday. “For me and the whole team it will be a special game,” said Havertz. “It would be wrong to underestimate Germany. We know England well. They have some of the best players in the world and, yes, they have room for improvement as well.
“But England haven’t conceded a goal in the tournament yet and they have so many individual qualities. You have to respect them, but we are also a team with good players.