RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann might have accidentally highlighted a potential Timo Werner weakness at Chelsea next season.
The Bundesliga side grabbed a ticket to the Champions League semi-final after the 2-1 over Atletico Madrid on Thursday.
It was a massive achievement for Leipzig to defeat Diego Simeone’s men, who are notorious for their defensive displays, despite losing arguably their best goal-scoring threat in Timo Werner.
But Nagelsmann insinuated that the 34-goal striker who has joined Chelsea might have a tough time if he were to play.
He told BT Sport (via the Mirror):”The opponents are not perhaps the best for Timo Werner because there’s not a lot of space behind the defensive line.
“Today we decided to play with three offensive midfielders to create the spaces between the lines, and all the three midfielders did very well.”
Werner has previously said that his pace is his best quality, and it is shown by the five goals from counter-attacks he stored in the Bundesliga this season (joint-most in Europe’s top five leagues).
However, this could not be the case at Chelsea, particularly with other teams already aware of the threats Werner could pose.
Tammy Abraham had four goals from counter-attacks this season, but it was largely due to his good positioning rather than pace.
It was often a problem for Frank Lampard’s men when teams defended deep and Chelsea had limited space to slip a pass, let alone to run into.
Quicker attacking transitions from the midfield will be crucial if Lampard is going to get the best out of his new signing, which would explain why Chelsea are reportedly very keen on bringing in Bayer Leverkusen ace Kai Havertz.