Rio Ferdinand compared Kai Havertz to former Manchester United and Tottenham forward Dimitar Berbatov after Chelsea’s Champions League victory over Real Madrid. Following a difficult start to his career at Stamford Bridge – not helped by a spell out of the team with coronavirus – Havertz is beginning to flourish at Chelsea. The 21-year-old scored twice during Chelsea’s Premier League victory over Fulham last weekend and played a key role in the club’s Champions League win over Real Madrid on Wednesday night. With the tie finely poised at 1-1 after the first leg in Madrid, Chelsea produced an impressive performance at home to win 2-0 and book their place in the final, where they will meet runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City.
Shortly after Chelsea’s 3-1 aggregate win, Ferdinand spoke glowingly of Havertz and compared him to his former Manchester United teammate Berbatov. Bulgaria legend Berbatov enjoyed a brilliant career – winning two league titles and reaching a Champions League final at Old Trafford, and scoring well over 100 Premier League goals. Ferdinand told BT Sport: ‘He [Havertz] reminds me of Berbatov, a player I played with at Manchester United. He’s got that lazy swagger at times and that nonchalance about him.
The guy is just so smooth man. The game doesn’t quicken up around him. The game slows down to his pace, he gets things done. I think he will grow into a really important player for Chelsea.’ Former England striker Michael Owen added: ‘I like Havertz. Some people hit the ground running when they come to the Premier League, he’s needed a bit of time but he’s a great asset. ‘Not many players can do what he does. He’s going to be very good for this football club, I just think he needs time.’ On Chelsea’s victory over Real Madrid, Ferdinand added: ‘They could have won this game by five or six goals. They were fantastic.
‘They play quick and are brutal in those transitions. They’re finishing wasn’t great on the night but they got the job done. ‘Real Madrid looked tired tonight, they looked like an old team. Chelsea did it with some authority. They were the stronger, better team all over the park. ‘This is a strong group with character. They will be a problem for Manchester City in the final. I can’t wait.’ Chelsea will meet Premier League rivals Man City in the Champions League final on May 29.