Timo Werner says he enjoyed playing against Newcastle United as Chelsea stroll to win
Timo Werner has had an up and down time since arriving in the Premier League but he certainly is enjoying playing against Newcastle United.
Back in November he was one of Chelsea’s best players and laid on the killer second goal, running from his own half and beating Newcastle defenders with ease, before putting the ball into Abraham’s path for an easy finish.
At Stamford Bridge on Monday night, Timo Werner could have had a hat-trick, as he was given the freedom of Newcastle’s right hand side.
Werner finding it especially productive to be up against the woeful Emil Krafth, a shocking Steve Bruce signing who has never suggested he is Premier League level in his 19 months at the club (which you could say the same about Bruce…).
After failing to put away the chances that fell his way, just after the half hour mark, Timo Werner ran down the left and past feeble efforts from Hayden and Krafth to stop him. The German international producing an excellent hard low cross that Darlow could only palm out and Giroud hammered the ball home.
Eight minutes later and it was the turn of Timo Werner, finishing from close in.
After four goals in his opening eight Premier League starts for Chelsea, this was Werner’s first Premier League goal in exactly 100 days after his last one (7 November 2020). So maybe not the goals return Chelsea were hoping for so far, as Timo Werner scored 34 last season in all competitions for Leipzig, this goal against Newcastle taking him onto 10 goals in all competitions for the West London club.
Timo Werner very happy as he reflected after the final whistle, with his contribution against Newcastle United:
“I am happy that I scored, finally.
“As a striker you always want to score.
“The last month I was not so happy without scoring but at the end [of the day] it’s a team sport.
“When we win, everything is good.
“When I help my team with assists, with winning penalties, and now with scoring, I am happy.
“I am very glad I scored.
“For a striker it’s much worse when you don’t have chances.
“I had in the past a lot of chances and I missed them.
“The team gave me a lot of situations where I can score and that’s the important thing for me.
“If I keep going the goals will come and also the assists.
“It was really good from us [against Newcastle].
“There is still a long way to go for the rest of the season but if we keep going like this, it will be a good end for us.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Chelsea 2 Newcastle 0 – Monday 15 February 8pm
Giroud 31, Werner 39
(Half-time stats in brackets)
Possession was Chelsea 66% (68%) Newcastle 34% (32%)
Total shots were Chelsea 18 (12) Newcastle 10 (2)
Shots on target were Chelsea 5 (3) Newcastle 4 (0)
Corners were Chelsea 10 (7) Newcastle 5 (2)
Referee: Peter Bankes
Darlow, Krafth, Lascelles, Clark, Lewis, Willock (Carroll 79), Hayden, Shelvey, Saint-Maximin (Fraser 72), Almiron, Gayle (Joelinton 64)
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