Chelsea’s Kai Havertz labels Premier League games ‘very exhausting’


Havertz’s Chelsea stint

Kai Havertz’s short stint in England thus far has proven something of a mixed bag.

The German was the Blues’ marquee summer signing, setting them back a whopping £71m.

Havertz had previously earned a name for himself as one of the brightest young prospects in his home country.

So, when he arrived in England, there was an expectation that the 21-year-old would hit the ground running.

However, Havertz’s first few outings in the Premier League saw the creative midfielder fail to even come close to replicating the kind of form which he had previously displayed at Bayer Leverkusen.

Havertz on the Premier League

A number of potential explanations have since been provided for these struggles, with Havertz having spent very little time with his new Chelsea teammates before making his debut for the club.

It is also worth noting that the youngster, like so many before him, will likely need time to fully adapt to the all-action style of the English top-flight.

The German himself, meanwhile, has recently been discussing his short stint in the Premier League thus far, and has highlighted a number of differences between his new surroundings and those of the Bundesliga.

Speaking in an interview with Chelsea’s official website, Havertz stated that the ‘intensity’ of the game is much higher in the Premier League.

He also went on to label outings in England’s top-tier ‘exhausting’, before praising the quality of the players on show:

“The intensity in the duels and the runs is much higher. It’s a completely different league and the games are very exhausting.

“The Bundesliga isn’t worse but I noticed differences. It seems to me like there aren’t any average or bad players here – everybody is at a very high level.”

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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