Kai Havertz has praised Mason Mount as an ‘unbelievable player’ and has relived his Champions League final winning goal for Chelsea.
Havertz endured a mixed debut season following his club-record move from Bayer Leverkusen last summer, but ended the campaign in dream fashion after scoring the decisive goal as Chelsea were crowned champions of Europe against Manchester City.
The Germany international has opened up on his match-winning moment for the west London side and admits it is a scene he’ll ‘never forget’.
“I’ve seen it very often since May and it’s a scene I’ll never forget,” he told The Athletic. “It was a very big goal for me.
“On the pitch, it’s always different. When you see it on the screen you think it’s an easy goal but in your head, in these situations, you don’t see all the space that you have.
“I still get goosebumps when I see the goal. It was very important for me and for everybody.”
Havertz admits it is difficult to train moments such as his winning goal ‘exactly’, but praised Chelsea’s execution of a counter-attack that led to their European triumph.
“You can’t train things like that exactly,” he added. “On the pitch, you always have to improve it a little bit.
“For example, when the opponent goes to the left you have to go to the right. It’s always 50-50 (between implementing the plan and reacting to the opponent). But that was the style of playing we had.
— Kai Havertz (@kaihavertz29) May 31, 2021
“It was five seconds from our goal to the opponents’ goal, so it was well played.”
Havertz’s winning goal was assisted by Mason Mount who played a perfect through ball into the German’s path, with the midfielder hailing his teammate as an ‘unbelievable player’ and insisting their flourishing on-pitch partnership can get even better.
“He’s an unbelievable player,” he said. “He has so much talent.
“Our understanding is so good and I think it can be better this season than last season, because we know each other better. I love to play with him because he’s a very good player and he makes some good assists for me.”
The 22-year-old spoke on his desire to get into the box and score goals from midfield, with Havertz now keen to improve on a debut season at Chelsea that delivered four goals and five assists in the Premier League.
“I like to go into the box and score goals, maybe from first contact or two touches,” Havertz added. “More or less, I’m a midfield player but I like to go into the box, and maybe that’s why not every defensive player has me on their mind — I just run through the midfield and then I’m there.”