Lothar Matthäus has waxed lyrical about Germany and Chelsea star Kai Havertz, comparing him to French legend Zinedine Zidane.
Havertz was named in Joachim Low’s final 26-man squad for the European Championship after an impressive debut season at Chelsea that saw him overcome some early struggles to fire the club to Champions League glory.
Kai Havertz scored a decisive goal in a 4-2 victory over Portugal, and Matthaus has now drawn similarities between the playmaker and Ballon d’Or winner Zidane
Matthaus told Kicker: “I compare him to Zinedine Zidane in terms of skills, technique and overview, and anticipating a situation.
“Zidane didn’t seem quick, but it was when he hit the ball. Havertz can do that too.”
“He could score more goals and improve himself in the short movements with special training,” he added. “He has a good eye, good ball control, good positional play, fine technique.
“In addition, Havertz plays intelligently and uses his body well. Havertz is on the way, but nuances will decide whether he will make it to the top, whether he will be an excellent player or just a very good one.”