Chelsea new boy Timo Werner excited by Liverpool test

BY PAUL LAGAN

Timo Werner is gunning for champions Liverpool and knows that Chelsea have to win on Sunday at Stamford Bridge if they are going to challenge for the Premier League title.

The Blues finished fourth, 33 points behind the Scousers last season, and Werner, 24, who cost the Blues £45million from German outfit RB Leipzig is confident he will score goals and see his new club challenge for the top spot.

Liverpool were odds on to nab the striker in the summer, but the power of persuasion from manager Frank Lampard and technical advisor Petr Cech changed his mind.

He said: “When I decided to leave Leipzig I spoke to other clubs, but I decided to come to Chelsea. It was a hard decision but I’m happy to come here,  it feels right.

“Frank Lampard explained to me the system Chelsea will play, and that it will fit my style of football.

“I hope to win titles at Chelsea, that is obvious. Chelsea is a big club who always wants to win, like me. We have a strong and young team that can develop.

“I’m looking forward to playing Liverpool. There are a lot of good teams in the league  but Liverpool are one of the best in the world. It  will be a good challenge to show how far we have come. But we will improve. We will try to win the game, but the whole of Liverpool’s defence is good.

“We also have great players and we have the quality to beat them. They had a better pre-season than us but we can run, run, run.”

The striker understands that it won’t always be easy to play against top defenders. He said: “I think I will get a lot of space where I can run into, but it will depend on the game. I may have to adapt and that will take a few games.”

Chelsea face Barnsley in the third round of the EFL Cup on Wednesday.

Champions Chelsea Women won their first match of the WSL1 season on Sunday, following their 1-1 draw the week before at Manchester United.

They thrashed Bristol City 9-0 at Kingsmeadow.

They are now on an international break and when they return next week, they will prepare for the quarter-final of the FA Cup where they will travel to the North West to face Everton.


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