Real Madrid vs. Chelsea: Ranking the 5 best players on the Blues

Real Madrid, Karim Benzema (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)
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Kai Havertz
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5) Kai Havertz

I’ll be honest. I am a little biased towards Kai Havertz. I really, really enjoy watching him play, and I think he can become the leader of this Chelsea side in a few years’ time. He’s an absolute joy to watch. He does well in tight spaces, he’s very smart, and frankly, underrated in terms of off-ball movement, and he knows how to lead the line and the press.

Like Ziyech, Havertz has been really, really good, and has helped a lot in keeping Chelsea in the competitions recently. He’s actually been starting over big-money signing Romelu Lukaku as of late.

Perhaps the only reason why Havertz is so low on this list is that he’s had injury issues and struggles with inconsistency throughout the season. If he was performing like this throughout the season, he’d probably be at the top. But the way the German has come clutch for his team is commendable, deserving of respect, and worthy of putting him on this list.

Real Madrid need to keep him in mind, because on paper, he doesn’t have a glaring weakness. There isn’t anything he simply cannot do. He has the pace, he can link up with other players, he can dribble in tight spaces, he can create for others, score goals. He’s unpredictable. You don’t know which version of Havertz you’d be going up against. His height is definitely an advantage, and considering Real Madrid had issues dealing with Aubameyang’s aerial threat against Barcelona, Militao would be key going up against him.

I guarantee that if Real Madrid face Chelsea a couple years later, Havertz would be much higher on the list. He is that good. It’s time we talk about it.