Thierry Henry compares Chelsea star to Arsenal legend

March 8th, 2023 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Thierry Henry lavished Chelsea’s Champions League matchwinner Kai Havertz with praise after he held his nerve and converted the decisive pressure penalty in last night’s win over Borussia Dortmund.

Graham Potter’s side trailed 1-0 from the first leg but, buoyed by their morale-boosting win over Leeds United last weekend, Chelsea set about their task of wiping out the deficit with gusto at a raucous Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea’s pressure eventually yielded rresult two minutes before the interval when Raheem Sterling lashed home from close range, before Havertz stepped up to the plate early in the second half and calmly stroked home the winning goal having been granted the opportunity to retake his spot kick due to Dortmund encroachment after seeing his initial effort rebound off the post.

Aside from his winning goal, Henry was impressed with the Germany international’s link-up play which he thought was reminiscent of his former Arsenal teammate Robin van Persie.

“I thought he was good on the first goal you could see held the ball ever so well,” Henry told CBS Sport, via the Metro.

“He reminds me sometimes, a little, of Robin back to goal the way he can hold the ball. Robin van Persie was very good with his left foot, the touch was always immaculate he tried to bring people along.

“This is why out of the guys that used to be wingers or No.10 he plays as a nine because with his his back to goal he can hold the ball well.

“Now he needs to make sure he can transform that into more goals because you can play off him.”

Despite having scored the winning goals in Chelsea’s recent Champions League and Club World Cup triumphs, Havertz remains something of a divisive character, largely on account of the fact he has never suggested he will be prolific enough in front of goal to cement his status as Chelsea’s main striker.

“Havertz is a strange player in that there are a lot of players at Chelsea who haven’t really performed,’ argued Henry’s fellow pundit Jamie Carragher.

“Ziyech, Pulisic, Raheem Sterling hasn’t set the world on fire yet. Havertz has done better than all of those players but is it still enough to be the main man for Chelsea?

“It’s sort of in between both and that’s why he always plays. He plays on the last manager and under this manager.

“But most people would still look at Havertz and think is that enough for Chelsea to win the Premier League.

“It still feels al little bit short of what the other top teams have, even though he’s done OK since he’s gone to Chelsea.”

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