After the Blues’ thumping win over Krasnodar last night, our next Champions League matchday programme is available to order now, featuring an in-depth interview with new signing Kai Havertz.
The Germany international has made an impressive start to his Chelsea career, netting a hat-trick against Barnsley in just his third appearance and opening his Premier League account against Southampton.
As well as reflecting on the early weeks as a Blue, the 21-year-old talks us through his formative steps as a footballer – including a scenario which, let’s be honest, most of us will have dreamed about when we were at school…
‘There were moments when I had played in the Champions League one night and then I had to go to school, or take an exam, the day after,’ recalls Havertz, who debuted for Bayer Leverkusen as a 17-year-old.
‘I didn’t have enough time to think about things too much in football because the next day I always had to go to school. But I didn’t feel any pressure at that time – it was good.’
Watching him on the pitch, you get the impression pressure isn’t something that gets to this cool customer very often, as he also outlined his targets for his Chelsea career.
‘The first target, always, is to have success and the main thing is to be healthy and have fun playing football,’ he said.
‘Then, of course, you have to win titles and we have big players here, a good coach, so our goal is to win titles – that’s the reason why we are all here, and hopefully we can do that.
‘The best thing is to make sure you win games, score goals and have fun. That has always been the most important thing for me.’
Frank Lampard and Cesar Azpilicueta analyse the Group E picture in their usual columns, while our other columnists – Academy coaches Andy Myers and Ed Brand, plus Chelsea Women boss Emma Hayes – bring you up to date with what’s going on elsewhere at the club.
Our historical content kicks off with an absorbing What’s the Story from Petr Cech, as the legendary Blues goalkeeper takes us through Chelsea’s epic rivalry with Barcelona step-by-step, including his remarkable record against Lionel Messi and the era-defining wins in 2005 and 2012.
Continuing on the goalkeepers theme, after Edouard Mendy’s run of clean sheets, he features on the cover for the first time as we welcome the side he joined Chelsea from. There’s also a pictorial look back at some of our goalkeepers’ best moments in European competition over the years.
The latest instalment in club historian Rick Glanvill’s Bricky by Brick feature, telling the full story of Stamford Bridge over the course of this season, continues on the topic of the East Stand, which was rebuilt in the Seventies and almost led the club to financial ruin.
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