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Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta makes Kai Havertz prediction after Champions League winner


Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta has predicted that team-mate Kai Havertz will be a “superstar’ after the German scored the winning goal in the Champions League final. The Blues defeated Manchester City thanks to Havertz’s 42nd-minute goal. 

Havertz latched on to Mason Mount’s pass and took a touch past Ederson. 

The City goalkeeper got a touch on the ball but it rolled right back into Havertz’s path and the 21-year-old finished into an empty net. 

It was his first-ever Champions League goal. 

“He deserves that, you know? He’s had a tough season, his mentality is top. His mentality is top,” Azpilicueta told BT Sport’s live coverage.

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“This guy is going to be a superstar. A superstar. He already is. Not only that, he ran like crazy, that’s the team work, that’s why he deserves this.”

Havertz struggled to contain his emotion at full-time and was lost for words after his goal earned Chelsea their second Champions League title 

He told BT: “I don’t know what to say, I really don’t know what to say. It’s an incredible feeling. I am just going to celebrate.

“I waited a long time, I just want to thank my family, my parents, my brother, my sister, my grandmother, my girlfriend. I don’t know what to say.

“To be honest, right now, I don’t give a f**k about that (being the most expensive player). We won the f**king Champions League and we’re celebrating right now.”

Captain Azpilicueta alluded to the struggles Havertz has endured during his first season in English football. 

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But that was his final goal in the English top-flight until he scored in a man of the match performance against Crystal Palace in April. 

Havertz waltzed through the Eagles’ back line before finishing well, and then assisted a Christian Pulisic goal two minutes later. Chelsea eventually won 4-1. 

A brace in a 2-0 victory over west London rivals Fulham followed. 

This goal against City is the biggest and most important of his career so far. It sets up the Germany international for a positive season next term. 

He was excellent in the final, initially starting in an advanced midfield role alongside Mount. Timo Werner played ahead of the pair. 

Werner was then withdrawn midway through the second half after missing several chances, both before Havertz scored and then after.

Havertz took his place up front and relentlessly pressed City’s back four. 

He will also take part in Euro 2020 this summer with Germany, who are among the favourites for the tournament. 





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