Kai Havertz admitted that he wished he would not have to play against Chelsea teammate N’Golo Kante in the Euro 2020 opener between Germany and France.
As an attacker, you would want Kante to be on your side — that is obvious.
Havertz himself seems to really appreciate the energetic midfielder’s presence behind him at Chelsea.
Interestingly, the 21-year-old considers Kante as a fail-safe in midfield which allows Chelsea attackers, such as himself, to express themselves on the pitch.
“When you see [Kante], you have to smile,” Havertz said during his press conference for the Germany national team on Friday (via Goal).
“He has a great personality, is a great person, 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.”
Potential Chelsea battles in France v Germany
Havertz himself should be fully aware of what he and Timo Werner will be up against on Tuesday, June 15, having already trained with Kante for almost a year now.
There is also a possibility that the attacking duo will be facing Kurt Zouma who is also in the 26-man France squad for the Euro 2020.
While at the other end of the pitch, potential duels between Antonio Rudiger and Olivier Giroud would also be interesting for Chelsea fans, in particular.