New Chelsea signing Timo Werner fires warning to Liverpool and Man City
Timo Werner feels his Chelsea side are ready to make a step up and challenge Liverpool and Manchester City for the Premier League title this season.
The 24-year-old has arrived at Stamford Bridge from RB Leipzig this summer with a fearsome goal-scoring reputation, having netted 95 times in 159 games for his previous club.
The German has also started strongly in pre-season at Chelsea, scoring just five minutes into his first friendly appearance against Brighton last week and he feels that everything is coming together nicely at his new club.
The Blues have also signed Hakim Ziyech, Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell ahead of the new season, with Kai Havertz expected to follow before the campaign begins.
Chelsea finished fourth last season in Lampard’s first season in charge and Werner expects to push on from that with the new-look team and feels that a title challenge is realistic.
‘The work with the manager recently has been really good,’ Werner told Chelsea’s official website. ‘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.
‘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 have some very good players here and the manager is there to show us the way, and help us improve. 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 set to make his Premier League debut when Chelsea travel to Brighton on Monday 14 September for their opening game of the season, in a repeat of Saturday’s friendly which finished 1-1.
After that impressive display in the friendly at the weekend, Lampard was delighted with Werner’s showing.
‘I thought Timo was really sharp and bright,’ said the Chelsea boss. ‘He got his goal really early in the game, he showed some of the qualities that I know very well he has so I am very excited about having him in the squad.
‘I thought his work rate and everything about him was a great little start for him.’