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The Serious Rivalry Arc Developing Between Kai Havertz And Dan Burn

The Serious Rivalry Arc Developing Between Kai Havertz And Dan Burn

With countless competitive rivalries and traditionally heated derbies, you’d be forgiven for missing out on a few of the Premier League’s feisty side arcs.

Be it Diego Costa’s square-offs against Martin Skrtel or a bit of friendly fire involving Emmanuel Adebayor and Lord Bendtner himself, even the Prem’s side stories are animated.

Fans online discovered a recent example of one such feud, involving Chelsea fullback Cesar Azpilicueta and Man City’s Jack Grealish.

Similarly, another freshly-brewed rivalry popped up on the radar yesterday, with the players involved being Kai Havertz and Dan Burn.

The pair had a notable flare-up last season during Newcastle United‘s visit to Stamford Bridge. The tightly contested game saw Havertz leave an elbow on Burn while competing for a header, the defender in turn made sure to raise an accusatory finger at the German. 

On that occasion, it was the forward who had the last laugh, as he latched onto a flighted pass and capitalized on a mistake by Burn to give Chelsea all 3 points. 

Yesterday, however, things panned out very differently.

The players met at St James’ Park, with Havertz coming on as a substitute in a game thoroughly dominated by the Magpies. 

Holding onto a 1-0 lead, Newcastle continued to frustrate Chelsea, who simply couldn’t stitch together a single attack. Visibly annoyed, Havertz was already on edge, and then came a vengeful Dan Burn to make matters worse.

With the German’s elbow fresh on his mind, the defender gave Havertz a proper rough-housing, eventually leading to an all-out outburst from the forward.

His actions led to a shoving contest between both sides right after full-time, with Burn and Havertz as the prime protagonists. 

With a clean sheet in the bag and the German in his pocket, Burn took this round, and quite comfortably if we may add.

Round 3 is all set to be contested back at Stamford Bridge, and we cannot wait to see who comes out on the top in the tie-breaker.