Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel told Kai Havertz he had a chance to follow in Cristiano Ronaldo’s footsteps and it was suggested the Blues midfielder could win the Ballon d’Or
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Ronaldo, a five-time winner of the coveted award, scored his goal 23rd goal of the season against Havertz and Tuchel on Thursday, United earned a Happy 1-1 draw with the blues. After the game, head coach Tuchel explained what the Stamford Bridge star could learn from the 37-year-old some notable advice.
“I think a lot of players can look up to Ronaldo’s quality, attitude and career,” the German told reporters. “That’s the goal we’re working towards. It’s also for them to adapt, there’s still a period of adjustment to the rhythm and the schedule. The schedule is reckless for us and yet it’s the moment when they have to adapt to the league, the physicality, the rhythm, the demands The boys are still young: mason [Mount] is still young Tim [Werner] is still young, Kai is still young.”
“It will come. They will learn because they are good guys and they have the right attitude. It’s not always easy to come in confidently and with the utmost ease because we demand a lot from the counter-pressing when we attack with the first line the opponent wants out. So they have some credit.”
Speak with Premier League productionsHavertz was asked about winning the Ballon d’Or having already won multiple team awards since signing for Chelsea Bayer Leverkusen in 2020 for a fee of £75.8 million. “I think I still have a long way to go,” admitted the striker. “Let’s see what next year will bring me.”
After I’ve already won Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup with the Blues Havertz has high ambitions for his career. But after a difficult first campaign in west London, the Germany International opened up about the pressure he was under to deliver immediately, pointing to Ronaldo.
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“People expect you to be the new Cristiano Ronaldo,” said Havertz, who has 13 goals and six assists in 43 games this season Southgerman newspaper. “But it won’t happen that quickly, everything is new and I really didn’t play my best football at the beginning.”
The Portuguese icon is certainly someone the youngster looks up to, with Havertz touting Ronaldo as part of his hypothetically perfect footballer. “The left foot of Lionel Messi. The right foot of neymar and the head of Ronaldo. The brain of [Kevin] De Bruine‘ he explained Stadium Astro. “Hopefully I can move up a bit in the next few years.”
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