If the world had not been gripped by a pandemic, Timo Werner would possibly simply have been strolling out in a pink jersey when Chelsea meets Liverpool within the first blockbuster match within the Premier League on Sunday.
Liverpool, in spite of everything, was extensively reported to be eager on the striker. And Werner himself spoke publicly about his enjoying model being a superb match for the membership, in addition to his admiration for the groups supervisor, Jurgen Klopp.
The greatest coach on this planet, Werner, on the time a participant with Leipzig, mentioned of his fellow German in February.
Then the coronavirus outbreak occurred, and soccer funds had been turned on their head. Even Liverpool, the soon-to-be English champion and Champions League winner final 12 months, was affected by the drastic fall in working losses, making a transfer for Werner appear one thing of an pointless luxurious.
Just a few months later, Werner ended up in southwest London, amongst a raft of high-profile gamers introduced in by Frank Lampard in Chelseas largest ever offseason spend. And, by a quirk of the fixture schedule, it simply so occurs that his first recreation at Stamford Bridge is in opposition to Liverpool.
When I made a decision to depart Leipzig, I talked to totally different golf equipment and in the long run, I made a decision for Chelsea, Werner mentioned in a video name on Wednesday. Liverpool had an amazing staff, and possibly I may match properly, (however) in the long run I made a decision Chelsea.
I believe it was a tough choice in the long run, however I’m joyful I made that call. Now I’m right here, it feels proper and good.
It might be Werners second aggressive match for Chelsea his first was the 3-1 win at Brighton on Monday, when he failed to attain however did earn a penalty and he’s nonetheless adjusting to life in England, on and off the sphere.
The soccer right here is extra energy and extra energy from the defenders, Werner mentioned. Recalling the Brighton recreation, he mentioned he was amazed on the dimension of the gamers marking him.
So tall, he mentioned, such large, huge defenders.
Away from soccer, he’s getting used to English life. He says the payments he receives within the publish are onerous to learn. He continues to be adjusting to driving on the left-hand facet of the highway, too.
When you stroll, you need to begin trying proper, not left. So thats harmful! he mentioned with a smile.
But there are actually no regrets concerning the transfer to what he described because the worlds greatest league.
It is (due to) what number of good gamers, groups, stadiums, amenities. All that give the Premier League somewhat contact further that you just dont have within the different leagues, he mentioned, explaining why he charges English soccer increased than his native German league and wherever else.
When you play in opposition to Brighton and Liverpool, it’s proven everywhere in the world and possibly within the Bundesliga you dont have that as a lot. All this makes the Premier League particular.
Liverpool opened its title protection with a wild 4-Three win over Leeds on Saturday, that includes the type of abject defending by the champions that Werner will little doubt hope is repeated this weekend. The final match between the groups was a 5-Three win for Liverpool within the next-to-last spherical within the Premier League final season.
For Lampard, assault is usually the most effective type of protection one of many many the reason why Werner has warmed to his new coach, who he by no means met in particular person earlier than becoming a member of due to the coronavirus.
But he referred to as me lots, we had a variety of conversations, he texted me lots and he despatched me some movies the place he may present me what model of soccer he needs to play, Werner mentioned. It was actually essential that he gave me the sensation that the system he needs to play will match me very properly. Hes a really good and calm man, who makes it clear what he needs and what his soccer model is. And he makes it clear that youre not solely a participant but additionally an individual.