Timo Werner’s honest Chelsea view and the difference under Thomas Tuchel

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Timo Werner has admitted his difficult start to life at Chelsea has “brought him down to earth”. The German signed for the Blues as part of a £200million spending spree sanctioned by owner Roman Abramovich.

Werner signed from RB Leipzig after three prolific seasons in the Bundesliga, scoring 34 goals in his final campaign for the club.

However, after his £47.5m deal was completed, the forward has struggled to replciate that type of form and has just five Premier League goals so far.

Former manager Frank Lampard has since been replaced by Thomas Tuchel, with Werner ending his long goal drought under his compatriot.

But assessing his first few months in English football, the 24-year-old has admitted that his confidence has taken a hit amid his most prolonged period of poor form.

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“Of course I noticed that in such a lull you are no longer necessarily called a super striker,” he told Kicker.

“At the beginning, I had this self-image that I can go on doing my thing here, but in the last few months I have been brought down to earth. It’s the way in England that you never have a quiet game.

“The players are 1.9 meters tall, brutal physically and really fast – including the defenders. It’s impressive what intensity is going on in the Premier League.”

It’s not the first time Werner has raised the physicality of the English top flight, but does believe he is becoming more accustomed, particularly under his new manager, claiming “under Tuchel, the first look is ahead, which helps me a lot”.

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He added: “Even though I work a lot on my English, I couldn’t always express myself the way I wanted and had to be careful not to be misunderstood.

“That’s naturally now no longer a problem, you almost feel a bit at home.”

Werner’s struggles continued against Southampton this weekend, failing to make an impact during the 1-1 draw.

And Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl, who coached Werner at Leipzig, believes the team needs to be built around his strengths, in order to truly flourish.

“I know Timo very well and I have seen him in situations where he was not good,” he said last week.

“Most of the time when I have seen this is because of the reason that the game doesn’t fit to him. The team didn’t play in the way he can bring his best on the pitch, I think.

“He is definitely a player where you have to adapt your game on him. If you do this, he will give you everything you need from a striker.

“But therefore, he has some qualities you really have to focus on. The good thing for him, I think at Leipzig, when I was there, is we concentrated completely on his qualities.”

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