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New Chelsea signing Kai Havertz experienced the tough nature of the Premier League firsthand, as he made his debut in the 3-1 win against Brighton.
Kai Havertz was a marquee signing for Frank Lampard, as the Blues manager was in need of creativity from the middle of the park.
Although we saw a glimpse of quality from the 21-year-old, his general display against the Seagulls was far from impressive.
Frank Lampard admitted after the game that the expensive midfielder will need a bit more time to adjust to the demands of the league, stating that he didn’t have enough time to train with the squad before the game.
Havertz himself, admitted that the game was difficult, more than what he was used to in the Bundesliga. Having only just signed for Chelsea last week and hardly had a pre-season, Havertz promises to be better against Jurgen Klopp’s side.
“It was a very tough game, very difficult because I had long holidays and I came back and trained for five or six days with the team,” said Havertz. “More important is that we won so I am very happy to make my debut.
“The Premier League is much tougher than the Bundesliga. I have seen that in training and saw it in the game as well. But I am happy to play 80 minutes and hopefully next week I will continue.”
Speaking ahead of Sunday’s game against Liverpool, Havertz added: “Of course they are one of the best teams in the world. We show respect but we are a very great team as well. It will be a very hard game but for them also. We will work hard and I think we will have a chance to take points.”