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Timo Werner admits he's been 'brought down to earth' by Premier League

Timo Werner admits he’s been ‘brought down to earth’ by intensity and physicality of the Premier League as Chelsea striker reveals his confidence was rocked by 14-game goal drought

  • Timo Werner admitted he has been surprised by intensity of the Premier League
  • The German striker revealed he thought he would be able to adapt more easily
  • Werner has scored five Premier League goals since joining Chelsea for £53m
  • His goal against Newcastle this month came after 14 matches without scoring 

Timo Werner has revealed he has found it difficult to adapt to the intensity and physicality of the Premier League.

The 24-year-old joined Chelsea in the summer for £53m from RB Leipzig, having scored 28 Bundesliga goals last season in just 34 appearances.

However, the German striker has admitted that the confidence he arrived in England with has taken a hit over the last few months and he has been surprised by the challenges he has faced.

Timo Werner has spoken of how the intensity of the Premier League has surprised him 

The striker admitted his confidence has taken a hit after struggling since his Chelsea move

‘At the beginning, I had this self-image that I can go on doing my thing here, but in the last few months I have been brought down to earth,’ Werner told Kicker.

‘It’s the way in England that you never have a quiet game.

‘The players are 1.9 meters tall, brutal physically and really fast – including the defenders. It’s impressive what intensity is going on in the Premier League.

‘Of course I noticed that in such a lull you are no longer necessarily called a super striker. I just had to let go of all the pressure of having to score goals.’

Werner has scored just five Premier League goals this season, and when he netted against Newcastle earlier this month it brought an end to a run of 14 matches without a goal.

Werner’s goal against Newcastle was his first in 1000 minutes of Premier League football

Despite only scoring once under Thomas Tuchel so far, the striker has looked improved in recent weeks since his new manager took over.

Playing slightly more centrally than he did under Frank Lampard, in Tuchel’s 3-4-2-1 system, Werner won a penalty against both Tottenham and Sheffield United before scoring against Newcastle for his first goal in 1000 minutes of Premier League action.

Speaking after Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Southampton, the Blues’ boss disagreed with the idea his job was just to get Chelsea’s summer signings to click in attack.

‘My job is to win games, not to put some expensive guys together,’ Tuchel said.

However, Chelsea’s next six fixtures – Atletico Madrid, Manchester United, Liverpool, Everton, Leeds, Atletico Madrid – will go a long way to defining their season domestically and in Europe, and whether Tuchel can get the best out of Werner on a consistent basis may prove to be a crucial factor in how the next month pans out. 

Thomas Tuchel will be hoping to see the best of Werner on a consistent basis this month




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