Werner opens the scoring in the semi
Timo Werner was in the right place at the right time for Chelsea, to give them a 1-0 lead against Real Madrid.
Kai Havertz’s dink over Thibaut Courtois went agonisingly close to going in, clipping the crossbar, but Werner was on hand to head in the rebound – showing off the striking instincts which earned him a move to west London.
Chelsea lead! 🙌
A beautiful one-two in the build-up, before Havertz goes so close to scoring a delicious chip…
But Timo Werner is on hand to score the rebound from close range! pic.twitter.com/MWGVcseVul
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 5, 2021
It was clear from his celebrations that Werner was in a state of raw relief and euphoria.
What has Tuchel said about Werner?
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has spoken about protecting the German international because of his fragile mental state, amid a disappointing first season at Stamford Bridge.
“I’m afraid you [might] lose him for the rest of the season. He looked so done in Madrid, not scoring goals,” he explained.
“He keeps doing very interesting things; the assist that he gave, keeping the ball and winning a free-kick at the edge of the box [in the Fulham win].
“He lacks confidence but he keeps on trying. He doesn’t give up, and I like the fact that he still tries everything.
“I think, against players like Varane, for example, you need somebody smaller who can disturb him and be fast.”
The surprising Werner stat
An interesting statistic surrounding Werner’s production has since emerged after his goal this evening.
The former RB Leipzig man is the first Chelsea player since Eden Hazard to rack up 10+ goals and 10+ assists in a single season for the club.
22 – Timo Werner has been directly involved in 22 goals in all competitions this season (12 goals & 10 assists), the most of any Chelsea player. The previous Chelsea player to both score and assist 10+ goals in a season was Eden Hazard in 2018-19 (21G & 17A). Clutch. #CHERMA pic.twitter.com/dyTt86jL00
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 5, 2021
Granted, the hitman is 16 goal contributions behind the Belgian, who he is currently locked in action against in this evening’s Champions League semi-final.
However, with the most direct contributions of all of his teammates this season, when considering the expensive quality in Chelsea’s squad, Werner could possibly be less harsh on himself.
Leicester’s Jamie Vardy entered exclusive Premier League club following latest contribution vs Sheffield United
This article was edited by Conor Laird.
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