German goalkeeper Timo Werner says he would be lying if he didn’t think about sealing his big cash transfer to Chelsea after watching Frank Lampard’s Champions League team fight against Bayern.
Chelsea secured the signing of Werner from RB Leipzig earlier this summer after Londoners paid the buyout clause for the transfer of the German international and beat Liverpool against signing the player, considered by many to be one of the best young strikers in the World was called world.
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Werner admits, however, that he has questioned his move to the English capital after seeing the two-legged tie between Chelsea and Bundesliga powerhouse Bayern Munich last season.
The German champions beat Lampard’s men 7-1 in two games, 3-0 in February at Stamford Bridge, followed by a 4-1 defeat in Munich a few months later, when European football after its break in Coronavirus has resumed – and nature Werner admits that he had thought about the losses before his debut season in the English Premier League.
“I would be lying if I said it wasn’t,” Werner told German publication Bild when asked whether Munich connections had made him reconsider his decision to move to Chelsea.
“The 3-0 home defeat of Chelsea in the first leg against Bayern hadn’t exactly made a case for a trip to London.
“I have to say that frankly, because with Leipzig we always played very good and close games against Bayern.”
However, Werner was also impressed with Chelsea’s determination as they finished the season in the Champions League.
“By showing Chelsea the weaknesses, they were able to work on the pieces of the puzzle to catch up with future Champions League winners Bayern,” he said.
“That’s exactly what Chelsea did.”
Werner was part of an influx of new talent to Stamford Bridge sponsored by owner Roman Abramovich.
His international teammate Kai Havertz also came from Bayer Leverkusen, while Hakim Ziyech was imported from Ajax and defensive reinforcements arrived in the form of ex-PSG man Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell from Leicester City.
Werner has already played in Chelsea’s two Premier League games this season against Brighton and Liverpool but has yet to score his first goal for his new team.
He’ll have another chance to break his duck when Chelsea take on Barnsley from the championship in the EFL Cup on Wednesday.
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