Kai Havertz said he and Timo Werner often tease each other over harsh media coverage about them during their first season at Chelsea.
The pair came to Chelsea with a lot of expectations on their shoulders. Havertz, in particular, since he arrived as the most expensive German player ever at just 20 years old last summer.
Despite the slow start to the season, the former Bayer Leverkusen ace became a key player under Thomas Tuchel in a roaming central forward role.
His biggest moment came in Porto, as he fired Chelsea to Champions League glory in the final against Manchester City.
Now, he is forever a Chelsea hero.
But the 22-year-old insists he did not let those get into his head — not the praise, nor the criticism.
“Up until the Champions League final, many people said: ‘Havertz was expensive and, measured against that, played a bad season’,” he told German outlet Süddeutsche Zeitung.
“Then I score a single goal, and I’m suddenly the best in the world.
“That’s definitely what I learned in my one year in England: to find a balance.
“I don’t want to be dragged down or hyped up.
“I wasn’t the worst player in the world, and I’m not the best now.”
‘Not as funny any more’
Perhaps, it is inevitable for both Havertz and Werner to attract a lot of attention from the media due to their transfer fees.
While Havertz said they could still joke about it, it still affects him sometimes.
“That’s true — things can get pretty heated,” Havertz said about what how the English media portray him.
“Timo Werner and I sometimes tease each other with the headlines, but when you’re sitting at home alone later, it’s not quite as funny any more”