Asking footballers for their dream team is an age-old exercise, and it often leads to some incredible XIs loaded with quality and stacked with legendary players.
On certain occasions though, players show a soft spot for their football mates and former colleagues, and their XIs end up looking rather drab.
German International Kai Havertz ended up being the architect of one such ‘dream team’, which emerged online after an interview during his National duties in Qatar.
Lined up as a 4-2-3-1, the Chelsea man’s team started off on a strange note with keeper Niklas Lomb, who played with Havertz during his Bayer Leverkusen days.
His first selection laid out the theme for the rest of his side, as the 23-year-old was clearly intent on playing favourites.
His choice of centre-backs in Antonio Rudiger and Thiago Silva was perhaps the soundest call of the lot, Chilwell as a fullback is also digestible.
For the right-sided fullback, Reece James seemed the obvious pick, so it came as a massive surprise when Havertz opted for former Leverkusen teammate Mitchell Weiser instead.
For the midfield, one would think that Havertz would be spoiled with choices, with the likes of Toni Kroos, Ilkay Gundogan, and N’Golo Kante all worthy candidates.
Unfortunately, all of them missed out on Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho, who are a sound duo in their own right, but certainly not as exciting as a Kroos-Kante pairing.
The most shocking picks all landed in the advanced positions, with Havertz going for Best friends Mason Mount and Julian Brandt as the 8s, with Sam Schreck operating in the centre.
To reiterate, Mount and Brandt are good players in their own right, but certainly not Dream team material.
As for Schreck, he currently plays for Erzgebirge Aue, a team from the third division of German Football.
Safe to say, he’s not the most creative player on the pitch.
In the centre-forward position, Havertz is rather strapped for choices, especially in regard to his former teammates. So Timo Werner should come as no surprise, and fans being baffled at that pick is also unsurprising.
We envision a low-black and minimal attacking output…it’s not looking good.
Overall, the team is likely going to be abysmal in reality, something that even the Sidemen FC might be able to score against according to fans. Check out more reactions below –
This team would fight relegation in Albania 4th division— Mateo 🦅🇦🇱🏴🇬🇷☘️🇧🇼 (@MateoRomanaj_96) November 20, 2022
November 20, 2022
Bro said Shrek— Clyno (@GRIMM_J0W) November 20, 2022
Hes as good as a manager as he is a footballer— ⁹⁹Txrret 🏴☠️ (@AbzSemtex) November 20, 2022
More like a nightmare XI ngl— Arty ⭐⭐ (@FT_Arty) November 20, 2022
November 20, 2022