Thierry Henry incredibly compares Chelsea man to Arsenal great, as one major piece of advice given
Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has made a big claim about a Chelsea player, comparing him to a Gunners icon, while also explaining how the 23-year-old can get even better.
Chelsea boss Graham Potter went into the Borussia Dortmund clash under big pressure. The Blues had lost three of their previous four games in all competitions.
There was real concern that Chelsea chairman Todd Boehly could change his mind and axe Potter if they did not beat Dortmund to make the Champions League quarter-finals.
However, Chelsea won 2-0 in the second leg to book their place in the next round. Raheem Sterling and Kai Havertz scored the goals to send their team through.
Havertz was heavily involved in the match. He hit the post in the 28th minute with a powerful left-footed effort and was unlucky not to see the ball go in.
The attacker then curled a shot in off the crossbar 10 minutes later, only to see the goal ruled out due to Sterling being offside in the build up.
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Chelsea finally took the lead just before half time when Sterling smashed past Dortmund goalkeeper Alexander Meyer to register his seventh goal of the campaign.
Chelsea were awarded a penalty not long after the interval due to a Dortmund handball. After Havertz hit the woodwork with his first spot-kick – which was retaken due to an encroachment – he showed excellent composure to score the second time round.
Kai Havertz nets crucial Chelsea goal
Conor Gallagher had a goal of his own ruled out for Chelsea, while Dortmund pressed hard for an equaliser. But Havertz’s penalty ended up being the winner, giving them a spot in the last eight.
Henry, who regularly analyses UCL games for CBS Sports, has now made an eye-catching comparison between Havertz and former Arsenal icon Robin van Persie.
“I thought he [Havertz] was good on the first goal. You could see he held the ball ever so well,” Henry said (via the Daily Mail).
“It reminds [me] sometimes a little, very little, of a Robin, the way he can hold the ball. Robin van Persie was very good with his left foot. The touch was always immaculate to drive, to bring people along.
“This is why I think out of the guys that used to be wingers or a No 10, he plays as a No 9 because [with his] back to goal, he can hold the ball well.”
Henry, who bagged 228 goals for Arsenal, then explained how Havertz can become more prolific. “Now he needs to make sure he can transform that into more goals, because you can play off him,” the pundit added.
Henry’s praise represents a big turnaround for Havertz. Last month, former Chelsea player Tony Cascarino questioned Potter’s use of the Germany international.
He suggested Havertz should be dropped and replaced with a top Premier League goalscorer. Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic was suggested as one potential option.
But against Dortmund, Havertz demonstrated that he can be the number nine Chelsea are crying out for. If he can score more goals in the next few months, then he could just convince Potter that a big-name striker isn’t needed after all.
Meanwhile, Jamie Carragher still thinks Potter is under big pressure at Chelsea, despite the recent UCL victory.
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