Kai Havertz was the hero of the Estadio do Dragao on Saturday evening, helping Chelsea lift the UEFA Champions League for the second time in their history.
The Germany star netted the only goal of the game just three minutes before half time to help the Blues beat Manchester City 1-0 and secure their first piece of silverware under Thomas Tuchel.
The former Bayer Leverkusen star latched onto Mason Mount’s perfectly-weighted through ball, knocked it past the outrushing Ederson and then stroked the ball home into an empty net.
Havertz’s run completely split City’s defence wide open, providing proof that he can make good use of his ability to get in behind and play in the false nine position, a role he admitted, ahead of the final, that he was beginning to enjoy.
“I would call it maybe a false nine,” he told Sky Sports. “I’m not the big guy in the middle like some strikers. I play the position a little bit different.
“That’s why it’s good we have a lot of quality players up front next to me, and it’s always easy to play with them.
“For me it’s a good position and I like it. I feel very comfortable there.
“I always like to go into the spaces and get the ball there and I like to play up front near to the goal, that’s also very good for me, so all in all I think I like the position and it suits me.”
But it wasn’t just against City where Havertz played a key role in the false nine position. In arguably one of his best performances for the Blues as the central striker, Havertz scored and assisted another in a 4-1 win over Crystal Palace last month.
He then followed that up with a brace in the 2-0 win over Fulham.
Those performances coupled with his admission on the role could end up saving Chelsea millions in the summer transfer window, as head coach Tuchel looks to strengthen his attacking options.
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