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.

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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.

Chelsea’s Mark Hughes (Photo by Dave Shopland/Chelsea FC/Press Association Image) (Photo by Dave Shopland/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)


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.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.