Chelsea attacker can break 24-year long record if he scores against Tottenham tonight
Kai Havertz has already written his name into the Chelsea history books.
Arguably the goal he scored in the Champions League final will never be topped; it will certainly never be forgotten.
However, other than that picture-perfect moment in Porto, the German’s stint at Stamford Bridge has been a little short of significant stories.
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A hattrick on his FA Cup debut here, a goal against Liverpool there; nothing to particularly raise the roof.
Yet, tonight offers a chance for the 22-year-old to add a noteworthy achievement to his CV.
Chelsea face Tottenham Hotspur in the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final bout.
Thomas Tuchel’s men are 2-0 from the opening fixture, thanks to goals from Havertz and a comical blunder from Tottenham’s defenders.
If the young attacker scores again this evening, he will break a 24-year-old record that spans back to the late 90s.
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Mark Hughes was the last player to net in both legs of the League Cup – as it was called back then – semi-finals, doing so against Arsenal in 1998.
Having netted in the 2-1 defeat at Highbury, ‘Sparky’ sparked the Blues into life back at the Bridge, scoring after ten minutes to level proceedings on aggregate.
Gianluca Vialli’s side hit the Gunners twice more to eventually win the contest 3-1.
They went on to beat Middlesbrough in the final at Wembley, with Frank Sinclair and Robert Di Matteo grabbing the goals in extra time.
Tuchel’s modern Chelsea don’t need to replicate the same kind of resonance, but a 3-1 triumph would be extremely welcome.
Getting Havertz on the scoresheet again isn’t a high priority, yet it should be received with equal rejoice.
It might not compare to scoring in a European finale, however, getting over one Tottenham is almost as sweet.