Chelsea new signing Kai Havertz admits “the Premier League is much tougher than the Bundesliga” after making his debut against Brighton and Hove Albion on Monday night.
Expectations are high for Havertz after Chelsea invested £70 million ($91m) on the talented 21-year-old.
Adjusting to new surroundings is never easy though, especially for one so young, and Havertz is going to need time to find his feet.
That became clear in an outing against Brighton with a creative spark missing from a player who usually experiences few struggles on that front.
And he admits that he is still coming to terms with the demands of a division that presents considerably more tests compared to his time at Bayer Leverkusen.
“It was a very tough game, very difficult because I had long holidays and I came back and trained for five or six days with the team,” Havertz told the Evening Standard.
“More important is that we won so I am very happy to make my debut.
“The Premier League is much tougher than the Bundesliga. I have seen that in training and saw it in the game as well. But I am happy to play 80 minutes and hopefully next week I will continue.”
And ahead of Sunday’s big clash against champions Liverpool, Havertz said:“Of course they are one of the best teams in the world. We show respect but we are a very great team as well.
“It will be a very hard game but for them also. We will work hard and I think we will have a chance to take points.”
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