‘If you have a bad day at work, you don’t feel good’: Kai Havertz opens up on his personal struggles during Chelsea’s poor run of form as the forward admits to difficulties off the pitch ‘for weeks and months’ before revival under Graham Potter
- Kai Havertz has opened up on the difficulties facing Chelsea this season
- The German playmaker admitted there has been ‘tough weeks and months’
- But is targeting another Champions League title with the Blues this season
Kai Havertz admits the pressures of Chelsea’s difficult season previously affected his personal life and relationships but admits that he and his tea-mates have begun to ‘enjoy some days’ again after a recent upturn in fortunes.
In a week that could have turned out to be the tipping point in Graham Potter’s time in charge at Chelsea, the Blues rallied by knocking Borussia Dortmund out of the Champions League before thrashing Leicester 1-3 at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.
Chelsea remain in a beleaguered 10th place in the Premier League standings, but there are threatening signs that they are turning the corner in a season that has so far been overshadowed by the club’s rash spending habits.
German playmaker Havertz has been one of the scapegoats for rival supporters to mock whenever Chelsea fall short of their usual standings and has often had to play as an unnatural number nine in the absence of a traditional centre forward. However, he revealed to the Evening Standard that things are looking up.
‘Football is our life. If you lose a game, of course you don’t have an easy life,’ said Havertz.
Kai Havertz (left) has enjoyed Chelsea’s recent upturn in form after back-to-back victories
Havertz (smiling blue shirt) has helped the Blues rediscover their best form recently
The German scored the winning goal in Chelsea’s midweek Champions League victory
‘I think everyone at home, especially my girlfriend, has had some tough weeks as well the last weeks and months.’
‘I think she is happy now again and so am I,’ he added.
‘If you have a bad day at work… you… I won’t say the word now but you don’t feel good.
‘Football is a game where we have a lot of pressure on our shoulders. We want to make the fans happy and if you don’t make them happy then you don’t have a good time.
‘Winning is always the best, we won again so we can enjoy some days,’ said the German.
Havertz joined Chelsea in an £89m deal in 2020 and arrived at Stamford Bridge carrying the status of German football’s next standout talent.
The 23-year-old scored the winning goal in that season’s Champions League final against Manchester City but has largely failed to match the hype that his hefty price tag brought with it.
He has scored six goals and registered one assist in 25 Premier League outings this season, just two short of last season’s top-flight goals tally, but looks set – along with his Chelsea team-mates – to miss out on Champions League football next season.
Blues boss Graham Potter has begun to turn the corner with recent victories in the league and cup competitions
Havertz has admitted that difficulties this season began to impact his home life
Chelsea are 11 points adrift of fourth-placed Tottenham and are unlikely to win Europe’s grandest competition, but Havertz reaffirmed the players commitment to try and ‘win something’ this year.
‘The goal at Chelsea is always to win something.
‘We can get a lot of points. We have to keep up the pressure on the other teams and look game-by-game.
‘The Champions League is also a big tournament for us so we have something to play for.’
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