Chelsea’s new centre-forward Timo Werner has explained that he’s enjoyed working with manager Frank Lampard so far in pre-season and is confidently predicting that the current side can go on to reach another level.
The 24-year-old striker is one of the high-profile names to join the Blues so far in the summer transfer window and he’s expected to be a real success at Stamford Bridge after previously shining at RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga.
He’s currently away on international duty with Germany, but made his Chelsea debut in a pre-season fixture against Brighton and managed to get on the scoresheet with a close-range finish.
Werner has been discussing the role of Chelsea boss Lampard in the pre-season schedule so far and he’s excited about the potential of the team.
He should inject some extra quality in the forward area with his clinical finishing, as he scored 34 goals in 45 games across all competitions last season for Leipzig.
“He’s been showing and explaining to the whole team, not just me, what we can do on the pitch and how to improve on last season,” Werner told the club’s official website.
“He’s been great to work with and he’s been discussing his plans for the future, and how we want to battle with teams like Man City and Liverpool. I think Chelsea is a big club and with this team that we have, I think we can reach a new level.
“We’ve worked a lot on tactical things, as well as our strength and fitness, to make sure we are ready for the start of the season.”
Werner is spot on that something special is building at Chelsea, with a core group of youngsters desperate to play under Lampard and also the arrival of some brilliant new signings.
But the club do have to be wary that the expectation is now building on the club and it will be a new kind of pressure compared to last season, where they were not expected to achieve too much.
It’s a major obstacle that the Blues need to try overcome in closing the gap to Liverpool and Manchester City in the Premier League, as they’ve been clear of the rest in the past few years.