Porto (Portugal) (AFP)
Germany striker Kai Havertz said he had ‘worked 15 years’ so far when he scored the Champions League winning goal for Chelsea against Manchester City on Saturday.
Havertz’s strike in the 42nd minute – his first goal for the club in the Champions League – gave Chelsea their second European crown nine years after beating Bayern Munich to win their first.
“I don’t know what to say, I waited a long time. I’ve worked 15 years so far, I’m overwhelmed, ”Havertz, 21, told BT Sport.
Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta greeted the young striker.
“Havertz’s mentality is top notch, this guy will be a superstar, he ran like crazy, that’s why he deserves this.
“I came here in 2012 after this Champions League victory. I wanted to repeat this success in the Champions League. It’s incredible. My family is here. It’s a special, special day. “
French midfielder N’Golo Kante, who was voted man of the match for his tireless performance for Chelsea, said he felt “joy and pride”.
# photo1 ″ It’s amazing, it’s the result of a lot of effort and hardship during the season but in the end it’s the work of a whole group, ”Kante told French channel RMC Sport.
“Today we suffered, we fought to the end and we were rewarded with victory. “
He credited the arrival of Thomas Tuchel to replace Frank Lampard sacked in January for the European triumph, which came after Chelsea grabbed a fourth place in the Premier League and lost the FA Cup final to Leicester.
“It was the arrival of a new coach, a change in tactics and a lot of effort,” he said.
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