Timo Werner

Timo Werner ‘feeling better’ after bizarre substitution in Champions League

Too loud

RB Leipzig have confirmed confirmed that Timo Werner is “feeling better” following his substitution in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

The German striker was withdrawn by RB Leipzig manager Ralph Hasenhuttl at the player’s own request.

The reason Werner asked to be substituted was due to the noise created by the home Besiktas fans at the Vodafone Arena.

The coach defended his player somewhat, but also said he expected more.

“He asked to come off so I took him off,” Hasenhuttl said. “It is impossible to prepare your team for an atmosphere like this. There was a deafening noise [and] at the start of the game we were a bit affected.”


“For me, as coach, it is important to see who I can rely on in moments like these, who is prepared to defend himself against what is going on on the pitch,” he said. “To encounter such an atmosphere was too much for some.”

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Although Werner has already scored six goals in eight senior appearances for Germany, the 21-year-old has yet to experience an atmosphere as loud as Tuesday night’s.

Leipzig later revealed that Werner had complained of suffering from “circulatory problems” and dizziness, with the 21-year-old now said to be “feeling better” by the club.

Goals from Ryan Babel and Anderson Talisca earned Basiktas a 2-0 win at their infamously hostile ground.

The Turkish side are leading Group G while Leipzig are bottom after picking up 1 point in their opening two matches.