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Werner ‘brought down to earth’ by struggles at Chelsea

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The German striker held himself in high regard while in Germany but admits he no longer has that feeling after half a year in England.

Timo Werner has acknowledged the “intensity” and the physical nature of football in the Premier League.

Werner swapped RB Leipzig for Chelsea on a €55 million transfer in the summer of 2020.

During his final season in Bundesliga, the striker had built his reputation as one of the most lethal finishers, scoring 28 times in 34 league appearances.

The story so far in his debut season in the Premier League, however, has been entirely different with the 24-year-old being largely inconsistent in finding the back of the net.

The Germany international, who has scored a mere two goals since November, has received much criticism from fans and media alike for his turbulent form.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Kicker, Werner attempts to explain his struggles in front of goal for Chelsea while suggesting that he can no longer be considered a “super striker”.

“At the beginning, I had this self-image that I can go on doing my thing here, but in the last few months, I have been brought down to earth,” he said.

“It’s the way in England that you never have a quiet game. The players are 1.9 meters tall, brutal physically, and really fast – including the defenders. It’s impressive what intensity is going on in the Premier League.

“Of course I noticed that in such a lull you are no longer necessarily called a super striker. I just had to let go of all the pressure of having to score goals.”