‘I had a laughing eye and a crying eye’ – Timo Werner opens up on his time at Chelsea and admits he ‘imagined something more’ at Stamford Bridge

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Former Chelsea striker Timo Werner recently opened up about his time at Stamford Bridge, saying he sometimes lost the fun of playing football.

Werner made his return to the Bundesliga in the summer transfer window, plying his trade with RB Leipzig.

In a recent interview with the official German FA website (via Football.London), the striker opened up about his time at Stamford Bridge. The 26-year-old admitted his experience at the west London side was bittersweet, saying:

“Personally, it was not the best time. I had imagined something more. I learned a lot, won the Champions League and other trophies. I enjoyed the two years abroad very much. – and I really enjoyed London. I had one eye laughing and one eye crying.”

He added:

“In Leipzig, not everything went so well the first few weeks, but football under the new coach suits me very well and prepares me for what is required in the national team.”

The striker has also recently discussed his problems fitting in with Thomas Tuchel’s tactics, with the former Chelsea manager often leaving Werner on the bench.

Speaking previously on the Einfach mal Luppen podcast, the Leipzig sniper explained:

“For me, the pleasure of playing football is in the foreground. Of course, I had a lot of success at Chelsea, but the pleasure was lost a bit in the end because I was not playing regularly anymore. I think that the coach’s system of play didn’t suit me perfectly, which is why it was clear to me that I wanted to take the next step.

He added:

“I am at an age where I want to play as much as possible. I really associate very big successes with Chelsea – the biggest of my career. It will always be a special club for me. I also keep in touch with many of the team players.”

Werner got off to a good start on his return to Leipzig, registering four goals and three assists in nine appearances in all competitions.


Timo Werner’s stats at Chelsea

Werner joined Chelsea from RB Leipzig for £45m in 2020 and has registered 23 goals and 21 assists in 89 appearances for the club. He won several trophies with the Blues, including the Champions League trophy.

His debut season saw the German score just six Premier League goals, while his second season saw just four league goals.

His Champions League appearances were impressive, however, with Werner remarkably scoring eight continental goals in his two years at the club.


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Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org

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