Kai Havertz has this week waxed lyrical about his Chelsea team-mate N’Golo Kante, and admitted he is not looking forward to facing him at Euro 2020.
Havertz and Kante both recently dazzled in the Champions League final, with the German scoring the match-winning goal and Kante putting in a Man of the Match performance.
Now, 21-year-old Havertz has opened up on how he is thankful to have Kante on his team, and how things will be difficult when Germany go up against France.
When you see [Kante], you have to smile. He is a great personality and a great person,’ Havertz told reporters on Friday, as carried by Goal.
‘And a great football player. As an attacking player, I’m always happy when he is on the pitch.
‘You can make a lot of mistakes because he always wins the ball back. He’s fast, agile and always gets his leg in.
‘That’s why it’s not so nice to have to play against him in the first match of the European Championship, of course.’
Havertz has joined up with the Germany team alongside another of his Chelsea comrades, Antonio Rudiger.
The defender put in a solid display in Porto and pulled off a crucial block to deny Raheem Sterling in the final.
Havertz feels Rudiger can help Germany adopt a ‘warrior’ mentality when they head into the European championships.
He added: ‘[Rudiger] has given us so much stability over the last few months.
‘After Tuchel’s arrival, he played outstandingly. As a mentality player, he’s also important. On the pitch, he’s a warrior. A bit like Kante – you want him in your team.
‘Playing against him in training isn’t as much fun either. The last few months have been top. It was very hard for him at first and now he’s fought his way out of it.’