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Timo Werner’s underappreciated creative exploits key once again as Chelsea end Man City’s quadruple hopes

Timo Werner’s underappreciated creative exploits key once again as Chelsea end Man City’s quadruple hopes

 

Chelsea got the better of Manchester City this evening, to march on towards the club’s first piece of silverware under the watch of Thomas Tuchel.

Ziyech’s strike makes the difference

One of two FA Cup semi-final fixtures this weekend played out in the capital a short time ago.

Ahead of Leicester City and Southampton facing off in 24 hours’ time, Chelsea and City went head to head, in a highly anticipated meeting between two of English football’s top sides.

Both were of course fresh off the back of key victories in Europe during the week, with Pep Guardiola’s Citizens having entered Saturday’s action with a historic quadruple still very much on the cards.

When all was said and done at Wembley, though, Chelsea brought a definitive end to such hopes, courtesy of an impressive 1-0 win.

The game’s only goal arrived early in the 2nd-half, when a lightning breakaway down the City left saw Mason Mount set Timo Werner free, to square for Hakim Ziyech’s simple finish into an empty net:

Manchester City, to their credit, looked much improved from here on in, but never fully caught fire to put sufficient pressure on a supremely assured Chelsea backline.

In turn, the latter held out, to set up a meeting with one of the aforementioned Leicester and Southampton on May 15th.

Werner the creator

On the back of the action coming to a close at Wembley, a number of Chelsea’s stars have since deservedly been singled out for praise.

Mason Mount looked superb throughout his 70 minutes on the pitch, Reece James continued to showcase why he is held in such high regard in west London, whilst game-winner Ziyech was rewarded for his efforts with the Man of the Match award.

One man who’s contributions perhaps slipped somewhat under the radar, as they have on so many occasions this season, though, was Timo Werner.

German hitman Werner has of course been subjected to regular criticism to this point in his debut campaign in England, having majorly struggled to replicate the kind of goalscoring exploits which saw him earn a name as one of the Bundesliga’s deadliest attackers.

Whilst the former Leipzig man’s efforts in front of goal may have proven somewhat underwhelming thus far, though, what certainly haven’t have been his creative feats.

Remarkably, after bagging his latest assist this evening (amid a fine all-round performance it should be noted), Werner took his tally for the campaign to a hefty 12, four more than any other Chelsea player.

 

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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