KAI HAVERTZ is dreading facing Chelsea team-mate N’Golo Kante from the opposite side of the pitch next week.
Havertz is on duty for Germany, who kick-off their Euro 2020 campaign against Kante’s France on Tuesday, June 15.
Kai Havertz will be going up against Chelsea team-mate N’Golo Kante at Euro 2020Credit: Getty
Midfielder Kante, 30, is usually the rock behind Havertz and his fellow Chelsea forwards, making sure there are no slip-ups.
Havertz said: ‘He is a great personality and a great footballer.
“As an attacking player, I’m always happy when he is on the pitch. You can make a lot of mistakes because he always wins the ball back.
“He’s fast, agile and always gets his leg in.
“That’s why it’s not so nice to have to play against him in the first match of the European Championship, of course.”
Just nine days ago all three men celebrated winning the Champions League, but now it is down to business again.
And Havertz, 21, hailed defender Rudiger for his displays since January.
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He said: “After Thomas Tuchel’s arrival, he played outstandingly.
“He’s a warrior. A bit like Kante — you want him in your team.”
The French midfielder played a key role in his nation’s triumph at the 2018 World CupCredit: AP:Associated Press