Chelsea striker Timo Werner said he was not exactly happy with his form but had hoped to turn the situation around under Frank Lampard prior to his sacking.
The 24-year-old played in his favourite role as a deep-lying forward for the first time under Lampard in the 3-1 win over Luton Town on Sunday.
But it was also the last as Chelsea announced Lampard’s departure just one day after.
Interestingly, Werner believed that Chelsea could still get back to winning ways under Lampard.
“I don’t know if a new coach is coming,'” he said in an interview with entrepreneur Carsten Maschmeyer for Clubhouse Business Deutschland’s YouTube channel on Sunday.
“I am also not entitled to say, ‘He has to go or a new one has to come. It also worked under Lampard.
“In the last few games, we played rather cautiously. If that changes again, we will win again.”
The Chelsea board clearly felt differently, as the club stated that they did not see “any clear path to sustained improvement” under the club legend’s management (Chelsea’s official website).
Werner said the start of his Chelsea career has not gone as well as he hoped and put the blame on himself.
“Last year at the end of the half-series I scored 18 goals, now four. Slightly missed the target,” he added.
“I missed too many chances for that and in many games, not played as I would [have liked].”
Lampard has now left his post and Thomas Tuchel is reportedly set to be announced as the new Chelsea manager soon.
The latter has reportedly been tasked to specifically bring the best out of Werner and Havertz — something Lampard unfortunately couldn’t achieve and might have played a big part in his sacking.
Werner’s realising that he has not performed as well as he could is certainly encouraging — and he doesn’t seem to have given up trying.
As Tammy Abraham pointed out “even in hard times he [Werner] always works his socks off” (Chelsea’s official website).