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Werner backs up his big talk as Chelsea ease to Champions League win over Rennes

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Werner backs up his big talk as Chelsea ease to Champions League win over Rennes


And now you’re gonna believe him.

Timo Werner probably was definitely bold when he claimed Chelsea could win the Champions League this season.

But in this sort of form, the Germany striker looks unstoppable – and so do Chelsea even if the win came with a big slice of controversy.

Werner smashed home two penalties to give Chelsea a comfortable win which leave them in great shape in Group E.

And they are also making impressive strides in the Premier League.

Chelsea have got two wins and a draw from their opening three games, Werner looks red-hot and, even more impressively, they have kept five clean sheets in a row.




From a place where they leaked goals left, right and centre, Frank Lampard’s men now look very secure at the back thanks to keeper Edouard Mendy and also veteran Thiago Silva.

Brazil defender Silva has brought an assurance and confidence to Chelsea’s back four that they were sorely missing and, if they do go a long way in this competition, then it will be down to the defence as much as their attack.

Mind you, you had to feel sorry for Rennes’ Brazilian left back Dalbert who was the villain of the piece as the visitors had to play for most of the match with ten men because of the harshest rule in football.

Chelsea took a tenth minute lead through Werner’s spot kick when Dalbert’s clumsy challenge gift wrapped the home side a penalty. Werner chested the ball down, cut inside and Dalbert stuck out a leg to commit a foul which also earned him a yellow card. No complaints.

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But the game went completely in Chelsea’s favour after 41 minutes. Tammy Abraham’s shot hit Dalbert’s outstretched leg, deflected onto his arm and referee Felix Zwayer gave a penalty after consulting his pitch side monitor.



You had to feel sorry for Dalbert

However, Zwayer also produced a second yellow card for Dalbert to reduce the visitors to ten men as handball is a booking under UEFA rules even if it is accidental. Thankfully it is not an automatic booking in the Premier League.

Just as with the first one, Werner assumed penalty duties even though Jorginho – who had missed his previous two – was on the pitch and the Chelsea forward slammed home his seventh goal of the season. Well, Germans are always reliable from the penalty spot.

It was Easy Street for Chelsea from then on.

They made it 3-0 after 51 minutes as right back Reece James made a marauding run down the wing, put over a low cross and there was Abraham to steer home from close range.

Chelsea probably could have got more but Mendy made a terrific late stop to deny substitute Clement Grenier and the clean sheet will please Lampard as much as the goals.

Chelsea: Mendy 7; James 7, Silva 7 (Rudiger, 68), Zouma 7, Chilwell 7 (Emerson, 63); Kanté 7 (Kovacic, 63), Jorginho 6, Mount 7; Ziyech 6 (Hudson-Odoi, 75), Werner 8, Abraham 7 (Giroud, 63).

Rennes: Gomis 6; Traoré 6, Da Silva 5, Aguerd 5, Dalbert 4; Nzonzi 5 (Grenier, 63)) , Lea Siliki 5 (Truffert, 46, 5), Bourigeaud 6; Gboho 6 (Del Casstilo, 63)), Terrier 6 (Doku, 63), Guirassy 5.

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