Chelsea ace, Kai Havertz has said he had to battle overblown expectations last season.
Havertz – who finished the season by scoring the winning goal in the Champions League final – claims he was expected to hit the ground running in England upon arriving from Bayer Leverkusen.
“People expect you to be the new Cristiano Ronaldo,” Havertz – who scored nine goals and recorded as many assists across all competitions for Chelsea – told Suddeutsche Zeitung.
“But it won’t be that fast, everything is new and I really didn’t play my best football at the beginning.
“I felt a completely different pressure than before in Leverkusen.”
While Havertz says winning the Champions League has boosted his confidence, he admits it will count for little if Die Mannschaft fail to compete for international silverware this summer.
“We’re with the national team, we have different processes and different goals here,” Havertz was quoted by tribalfootball.com.
“Of course, this title gives me tailwind and a lot of self-confidence, but there’s no point in feeling like a Champions League winner if you screw up the European Championship afterwards.”