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Chelsea Football Player Kai Havertz Scores Hat-Trick Vs Barnsley

The 2020-21 EFL Cup, also known as the Carabao Cup, has been met with a lot of vigour from football fans and punters. Many have been cheering on their favourite football players since the competition began. It is open to all clubs that participate in the Premier League and English Football League, which means that there are several teams to support and matches to see.

It has been a promising competition for football club Chelsea as they won the third round against Barnsley with a score of 6-0. What makes it even more special is that Chelsea football player Kai Havertz scored his first professional hat-trick.

Havertz Grateful for Chelsea Teammate’s Help

Havertz stole the show during the match between Chelsea and Barnsley as he scored three goals. He was delighted to have made the goals and have praised fellow teammate English striker Tammy Abraham. Havertz stated that he was able to score his first goal because of how Abraham smartly dummied the ball during the match. 

“I think he’s a very, very good striker and I think our partnership on the pitch was very good. ‘It was our first game together but I like him very much as a striker. For me as a No. 10 it’s very good to play with him,” Havertz stated of Abraham’s role in his performance.

Even Chelsea’s manager, Frank Lampard, was impressed with how the two Chelsea football players teamed up.

“I am delighted with Kai with everything I wanted the night to be with him. I said it in the last two games that Kai has had no pre-season and in signing for the club, I think it took a few days out as well,” Lampard said.

He further continued, “The combinations he had with Tammy, the way he grew into the game and had confidence and the three goals. It was a great night for Kai and the first of many for him.”

No Easy Feat Getting a Hat Trick

If you are a football fan, you’ll understand how much satisfaction and how football players take pride in scoring their hat-tricks. This is because of the relative rarity of the feat. Thus, because of the difficulty for a player to score three goals in a single game, those who score a hat-trick are traditionally given the match ball as a symbolic reward.

Many prominent players have scored their hat-trick. There’s Alan Shearer who was the former Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers striker who holds the record for most hat-tricks in the Premier League with 11. Cristiano Ronaldo, on the other hand, has the record for most hat-tricks in La Liga, with a total of 34. Lionel Messi holds the record in Champions League history with 8 hat-tricks to his name. For the World Cup, you have four players who are tied with hitting two trebles. These are Sandor Kocsis, Gabriel Bautista, Gerd Muller and Just Fontaine.

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How the Premier League Has Evolved Over the Years

Premier League changed football forever, unrecognisable from what it was 27 years ago.

Founded in 1992, the numbers attached to the twenty-team Premier League playing a total of 38 games per season on average are staggering. For instance, the League has produced 21,553 goals in total with Manchester United leading the count at 1,989.

These stats, while they may not show the whole picture, proved that there is more to the league than the hype and money.

A league of its own

English football is always pitted against cricket and rugby, without an identity of its own. But those were the 1990s before the digital wave came into existence.

Football is now on a separate section of the newspapers and websites too. The sport had never experienced any letup in terms of media coverage. It’s a visual entertainment, from 18 games on live TV in the former First Division to 60 and now, 168 televised games every season.

Stakes are high

Each televised comes with a hefty price tag–the TV rights auction alone amounts to £$8 billion in total. A football match today is worth £10 million when the entire finals of the 1991-92 season cost around £15 million. 

In terms of broadcasting rights, there had been a 2,728% increase over 25 years. Predicting where the Premier League is broadcasted is harder to predict now more than ever. For now, it was available in 189 countries worldwide.

Ticket prices skyrocketed as well from £30 at the highest end to £97. So were the transfer fees. Club owners, which may compose of Americans, Middle Easterners, and Chinese, are billionaires. Thus, football is no longer the working man’s game. Instead, it can be considered a professional elite’s game–a lifestyle choice rather than just a sport.

A healthy mix of players

English football has a global appeal because of the talented and well-loved players from different parts of the world. When the League started, there were only 13 players from overseas out of 242 players in total. In the 2016-17 season, about 112 out of 220 players started the match on the last day of the said season.

Overseas players are well-represented today; they hailed from 113 different nations throughout the years since the Premier League started. In 1999, the first team without a Brit player played in the League. Speaking of which, out of the 20 teams, 13 has a non-English manager.

Discernible style of play

How the game is played was very different now. Agility and physicality are two vital changes. Not just the speed of the players and the way every match turns out, but also the club management takes care of these players more so physically. Diets are improved, and alcohol is removed from the regimen.

With this, football players are more interesting to watch while in the field. Their display of athleticism is salient.

On the other hand, with cards issuance in mind, the players of before were more disciplined. In the first week of 1992, no player was sent off, and three of the games had no booking. Compared with today, in just 10 games, 34 cards were issued. Red cards were also given to players.

English football has changed beyond recognition. However, it is still the same sport that binds people – Brits or not.

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