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Timo Werner opens up on ‘worst time of his career’ at Chelsea


Timo Werner has struggled for his bet form at Chelsea (Picture: Getty/AFP)

Timo Werner said his goal drought at Chelsea was the worst time of his career but insists he has learned from the problems he went through.

The German striker made a solid start to his career at Stamford Bridge after his high profile move from RB Leipzig in the summer, but then hit a serious stumbling block.

The 24-year-old went 15 Premier League games without a goal, a dreadful run which he finally halted against Newcastle last week and he was very glad to do so.

‘The smile wasn’t on my face all the time,’ Werner told Sky Sports. ‘You have to keep smiling, that’s the most important thing because when you are not happy and you don’t enjoy football, and you are always angry or mad, you can’t go back to moments where you can play good football.

‘The period where I didn’t score was the worst time of my career because I’d never missed so many big chances. I’d never been so long without a goal, so I was very happy it ended two games ago. It was a difficult time without those feelings.’

It may have been a struggle for the Germany international since his move to the Premier League but he has now taken his Chelsea goal tally to 10 in all competitions and is set on taking the positives even out of his struggles.

‘When I look back at my half a year with Chelsea, it wasn’t the most difficult time in my career, but the best time to learn new things,’ he explained. ‘When you have a period without goals you learn something from yourself.

‘You learn a lot about how you can handle these situations and it was the best time for me to learn the most in my career.

‘From bad moments you learn the most and that’s exactly what happened in the last month.’

Werner got back on the score sheet against Newcastle this month (Picture: Getty Images)

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel feels Werner has been hampered by the way the side have been playing since he arrived, dominating possession and leaving little room for the striker to run in behind.

‘Maybe it is our fault because we have a lot of possession and we push opponent teams very, very deep in their half so spaces are not too big,’ said Tuchel.

‘The biggest strength of Timo is to attack the space behind the last line so it is maybe also our fault in the dominant game that we play in the moment, it is very natural that the spaces are closed by the opponents.’

Chelsea host Manchester United in the Premier League at 4.30pm on Sunday.


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