Kai Havertz put his name in Chelsea folklore when he took the ball around Ederson to score the game-winning goal against Manchester City in the 2020/21 Champions League final.
This secured the Blues their second European crown and added the perfect final to what was at times a frustrating season for the then record signing.
But with Romelu Lukaku taking that particular title away from him, a little pressure may have lifted off the striker’s shoulders and he got off to a good start to the current campaign, a shining header against Liverpool the climax until here.
This is exactly what Havertz wants too. While the memories of Porto will always be treasured, the 22-year-old wants to build on them rather than settle for them.
“[I’ve] I’ve always wanted to score such an important goal, and in the end I think it was one of the most important for the club, “Havertz said in an interview with Sky Sports News.
“But my life has to go on. I don’t want to stay here in five years and think ‘five years ago you scored that goal.’ I want to have new challenges and then at the end of the career you can think on what happened.
“Now this year is a new challenge for me.”
With four Premier League games played, Chelsea sit near the top of the table with 10 points and they will also be looking to beat one against Tottenham this Sunday.
This last low-key interview is a marked difference from the passionate one Havertz gave immediately after the final with Manchester City.
“To be honest, I don’t give a [expletive] we won the [expletive] Champions League, ”he told BT Sport after a full time.
“It’s an incredible feeling. We have earned it. I have worked 15 years for this moment and now it is time to celebrate.
Cesar Azpilicueta also praised the midfielder on the night.
“He deserves this. Tough season but top mentality, this guy is going to be a superstar. He already is, “said the Blues captain.
“He gave us the Champions League. Not only that, he ran like crazy. It’s teamwork. That’s why he deserves this.