‘The speed is back’: Chelsea player says he’s regained his pace since the win over Southampton

Timo Werner believes some of his main skills have been restored since Chelsea smashed six past Southampton earlier in the month.

Speaking to ESPN after the FA Cup semi-final on Sunday, the German admitted to feeling quicker and stronger following that demolition of the Saints 10 days ago.

Timo’s turnaround

Werner has looked like a completely reformed player in the past three matches.

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He sparkled on the south coast, scoring twice and hitting the woodwork three times as Thomas Tuchel’s men romped to a comprehensive victory.

The pacey forward added to his tally against Real Madrid in the follow-up fixture, almost helping Chelsea complete a famous Champions League comeback at the Bernabeu.

But European heartbreak was quickly followed by cup delight.

Tuchel’s team eventually managed to find a way past Crystal Palace at Wembley on the weekend, with Werner at the centre of the action.

It was the 26-year-old’s pass that set up Mason Mount’s controlled strike into the bottom corner 14 minutes from time.

Werner will keep on working

Romelu Lukaku should’ve handed his fellow attacker another assist, but only managed to divert Werner’s low cross onto the post.

However, it was certainly all smiles from the ITV’s Man of the Match after the final whistle.

“Since the Southampton game, I feel something different. The speed is back, the physical game is a bit back. So, everything is a bit back,” explained Werner.

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“So, it helps a lot to bring this performance. I’m happy, I work hard for the whole season and I will try to keep this momentum going.”

Momentum is exactly what Timo has been missing since he signed for Chelsea in 2020.

Every decent display has been succeeded by a string of questionable exhibitions and long runs without scoring.

Hopefully for the player and Chelsea, this is just the beginning of Werner’s complete restoration.

Fans have certainly been waiting long enough…

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.