Chelsea midfielder Kai Havertz has said that his adaptation to the Premier League has been tough because of the ‘exhausting’ matches.
The German only signed for the Blues in the summer following a big-money move from Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen. He is yet to get off the mark in the league after four appearances but did manage to get his first goal for the Londoners with a hat-trick in a 6-0 victory against Barnsley.
He has suggested that the reason he is yet to hit top form in the Premier League is because of the increased physicality in the league and the quality of opponents.
Talking to Chelsea’s official website, the 21-year-old said: “It was difficult for me, especially because the Premier League is a completely different league. It’s more intense and I noticed that in the first few games.
“The intensity in the duels and the runs is much higher. It’s a completely different league and the games are very exhausting.
“The Bundesliga isn’t worse but I noticed differences. It seems to me like there aren’t any average or bad players here – everybody is at a very high level.”
Havertz could be in action on Saturday evening as Germany take on Ukraine in the UEFA Nations League. He sits at 9/2 with William Hill to net the first goal of the game.