Fresh from scoring the winning goal in last weekend’s UEFA Champions League final to help Chelsea beat Manchester City by a goal to nil in Porto, Kai Havertz must now switch his focus to matters on the international stage.
That is because the former Bayer Leverkusen man, who followed in the footsteps of Blues icons Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba by scoring in a Champions League final, is part of Germany’s 26-man squad that will compete at UEFA Euro 2020 this summer, as the German’s look to end Joachim Low’s tenure as manager on a high.
Germany were a major disappointment at the last international tournament, exiting the 2018 FIFA World Cup at the group stages, meaning they will be determined to make up for what happened in Russia three years ago and stamp their authority on European football once again.
For Low, this summer’s rearranged tournament will be his last as Germany boss, with the 61-year-old set to be replaced by former Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick following the conclusion of the tournament next month.
But to ensure the vastly-experienced German goes out on a high, he will be hoping his star-studded squad will be able to produce the goods and go far in the tournament.
From Manuel Neuer in goal to the likes of Serge Gnabry, Timo Werner and Havertz in attack, this Germany squad is packed to the rafters with serial winners and big-name players. With that in mind, Low could have a job on his hands when it comes to the task of naming his starting line-up for his side’s opening game against France in a little over a week’s time.
However, Chelsea star Havertz potentially appears to have found his role within the team.
That is because the 21-year-old, who has made 12 senior appearances for his country, has hinted that he and Low have agreed he will be used as a forward player this summer, opposed to an attacking-midfielder, potentially moving forward into the false nine role, which he has shown signs of promise in over the last few months for the Blues.
Speaking ahead of Germany’s friendly with Latvia on Monday, Havertz said: “I’m a creative player and feel at home in the final third. I think the coach pictures my role much in the same way I do.
“I hope that I can play my part to help us win games and get far in the tournament.”
With Havertz having confirmed that Low agrees on the position that the former prefers, it would suggest that he will be playing in a false nine role this summer for his country.
That is because Havertz recently admitted that he was beginning to find his feet in that position and felt it was best suited to him.
He told Sky Sports last month: “I would call it maybe a false nine. “I’m not the big guy in the middle like some strikers. I play the position a little bit different.
“That’s why it’s good we have a lot of quality players up front next to me, and it’s always easy to play with them.
“For me it’s a good position and I like it. I feel very comfortable there.
“I always like to go into the spaces and get the ball there and I like to play up front near to the goal, that’s also very good for me, so all in all I think I like the position and it suits me.”
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With that said, it looks as though Havertz could be used in a central role in attack this summer, potentially seeing him tasked with being Germany’s goal-getter in-chief.
Should he impress during the tournament and score a few goals, it could give Thomas Tuchel food for thought ahead of next season as far as his attacking options are concerned. Signing a new striker is a top priority for the German this summer, but if Havertz impresses on the international stage it could see Tuchel switch his attentions to bolstering other areas of the squad more heavily.