Before the battle against Manchester City this weekend, the German revealed who he believed to be the toughest opponents for Chelsea.
’s biggest tests were againstAtletico Madid
on their way to the Champions League final.
The Blues will lock horns withManchester City
on Saturday in search of the European club football’s biggest prize.
Having gone unbeaten on the group stage under the reign of Frank Lampard, Thomas Tuchel led them through a trio of two-legged encounters to get to the masterpiece game. However, the Germany international thinks the clash against Zinedine Zidane’s side was his favorite rather than Chelsea’s hardest encounters.
Porto and Atletico were difficult to play because of their defensive strengths,"
Havertz told Chelsea's website.
"They set themselves up in their own halves and wait for you to make a mistake.
"For me, those were the most difficult games. My favourite game would be the second leg against Real Madrid when we reached the final. That was good.
"There’s been a few good games, but for me the highlight would have to be the game against Real."
Havertz praised Tuchel for helping the team grow during the second half of the season and their boosted confidence in their run to the final, which was going to be played in Istanbul originally.
We’ve picked up a lot of self-belief over the last few months from our good results and how we’ve played,"
"Self-belief is generally very important in football and ours has improved a lot, so it’s made a difference.
"It’s about giving your all in the game, having fun, and hopefully winning. Being in the tunnel, walking out, hearing the anthem, and then giving your all for over 90 minutes … it’s a childhood dream which has been reached but not yet fulfilled.
"We still need to win and we’ll do everything we can to do just that."