The Chelsea forward was praised for his smart playing style by his compatriot ahead of the final group game of Euro 2020.
Kai Havertz has been compared to Real Madrid and France team legend Zinedine Zidane by Lothar Matthaus, who highlighted the German star’s “good positional play” and “good technique”. Havertz was named to Joachim Low’s latest 26-player list for the European Championship after an impressive first season at Chelsea which saw him overcome some difficulties early on to propel the club to Champions League glory.
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The 22-year-old played Germany’s first two group matches against France and Portugal, scoring a decisive goal in a 4-2 win over the reigning European champion, and Lothar Matthaus has now established similarities between playmaker and Ballon d’Or winner Zinedine Zidane. The former Germany and Bayern Munich midfielder told Kicker: “I compare him to Zinedine Zidane in terms of skills, technique and overview, and anticipation of a situation.
“Zidane didn’t seem quick but that’s when he was hitting the ball that he was. Havertz can do that too.”, added the former German international. Matthaus, however, also warned that Havertz still had to work on certain areas of his game to reach the top. “He could score more goals and improve in short movements with special training,” he added. “He has a good eye, good ball control, good positional play, good technique. “
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“Plus, Havertz is playing smart and using his body well. Havertz is on his way, but the nuances will decide whether he will reach the top, whether he will be a great player or just a very good one,” Matthaus concluded. He went on to claim that Havertz will play a key role in Germany’s starting XI in the years to come, but believes fans will have to wait to see the best of him internationally, with Thomas Muller currently occupying his position. natural.
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“Havertz will be one of the running points of the national team for the next six or eight years when Toni Kroos, Thomas Müller and Ilkay Gundogan finish their careers there.“said the World Cup winner.”If I only look at talent, the coach should say Havertz is still playing, even when he was not at his best. Kai has it all, but he needs the coach’s confidence. A place in attack is already occupied by Thomas Muller, that’s where I see Havertz “.
Havertz will likely have another extra chance to impress fans and observers when Germany face Hungary in their final Group F game on Wednesday. Germany could qualify for the round of 16 in first position in case of victory and poor performance of France, world champion, who must face Portugal, winner of Euro 2016, on the same day.