Chelsea’s Champions League winner Kai Havertz praises N’Golo Kante

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Chelsea’s Champions League winner Kai Havertz praises N’Golo Kante, admits he’s afraid of meeting his ‘great’ team-mate at Euro 2020 with Germany

  • Kai Havertz spoke this week about the qualities of N’Golo Kante
  • Havertz and Kante both prospered when Chelsea won the Champions League final
  • The German youngsters say that Kante is already a ‘great’ with enormous skills
  • Havertz worried about the midfielder’s confrontation with Germany at Euro 2020

Kai Havertz raved about his Chelsea team-mate N’Golo Kante this week, admitting he’s not looking forward to meeting him at Euro 2020.

Havertz and Kante recently shone in the Champions League final, with the German scoring the winning goal and Kante putting in a Man of the Match performance.

Now, 21-year-old Havertz has revealed how grateful he is to have Kante on his team, and how tough it will be when Germany takes on France.

Chelsea's Champions League winner Kai Havertz has paid glowing tribute to N'Golo Kanté

Chelsea’s Champions League winner Kai Havertz has paid glowing tribute to N’Golo Kanté

Havertz says Kante makes everyone laugh and is both 'a great person and a great football player'

Havertz says Kante makes everyone laugh and is both 'a great person and a great football player'

Havertz says Kante makes everyone laugh and is both ‘a great person and a great football player’

When you see it [Kante], you have to smile. He’s a great personality and a great person,” Havertz told reporters on Friday Target.

And a great footballer. As an attacking player, I’m always happy when he’s on the pitch.

“You can make a lot of mistakes because he always wins the ball back. He is fast, agile and always gets his leg in.

Kante was warmly embraced by Roman Abramovich after winning the European Cup in Porto

Kante was warmly embraced by Roman Abramovich after winning the European Cup in Porto

Kante was warmly embraced by Roman Abramovich after winning the European Cup in Porto

“That is why it is of course not so nice to have to play against him in the first match of the European Championship.”

Havertz has joined the German team along with one of his Chelsea comrades, Antonio Rudiger.

The defender put on a solid show in Porto, pulling out a crucial block to deny Raheem Sterling in the final.

Havertz thinks Rudiger can help Germany adopt a ‘warrior’ mentality as they head towards the European Championships.

He added: ‘[Rudiger] has given us so much stability in recent months.

‘After the arrival of Tuchel he played excellent. He is also important as a mentality player. On the field he is a warrior. Kind of like Kante – you want him on your team.

“Playing against him in training is not so much fun. The past few months have been great. In the beginning it was very difficult for him and now he has fought his way out.’

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