Kai Havertz: I was nervous before taking the decisive penalty

Chelsea match-winner Kai Havertz has spoken of the ‘incredible feeling’ of being crowned champions of the world, while also admitting he was nervous before he slotted away the winning penalty.

The German scored his second final-winning goal in a Chelsea shirt, after netting the only goal in May’s Champions League final as well.

‘It’s amazing. From champions of Europe to champions of the world. It sounds better!’ Kai said post-match.

Kai is the first player to score in these finals in the same season since Lionel Messi in 2011
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‘We did so much to be here and to win this game. It’s an incredible feeling.’

The forward also spoke of his feelings before he stepped up to take the decisive penalty in the 177th minute of the match.

‘I have to be honest, I was [nervous]. It’s a big penalty, a big role. Just crazy. It was good I kept the nerves, so I’m very happy,’ Havertz added.

With neither designated penalty-taker Jorginho or striker Romelu Lukaku on the pitch, the 22-year-old was next in line to take the spot-kick.

‘I think I’m the third penalty taker,’ Havertz said. ‘Jorgi and Rom were both out. I was the only one on the pitch. The other players gave me trust. Hakim Ziyech, everybody said to me: “You do it, you do it”

‘I don’t know what to say. I dreamed of this as a kid, an amazing feeling for me. I’m thankful for everyone that brought me here, my family, my girlfriend.

‘The UCL final, now this – it is all for them.’

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