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Ex-Chelsea Flop Werner Admits Lukaku Was His ‘Biggest Problem’

Ex-Chelsea Flop Werner Admits Lukaku Was His 'Biggest Problem'
Ex-Chelsea Flop Werner Admits Lukaku Was His ‘Biggest Problem’

Former Chelsea forward Timo Werner has recently claimed that he felt “forgotten” by his former boss Thomas Tuchel and has admitted that the arrival of Romelu Lukaku was a significant obstacle during his time at the club.

Werner has also revealed that he had stopped enjoying playing football at Chelsea and identified the signing of Lukaku as his “biggest problem” during his time at Stamford Bridge.

Timo Werner, who joined Chelsea from RB Leipzig amid much fanfare in 2020, played a crucial role in the Blues’ second Champions League victory in his debut season.

However, the German international’s fortunes took a turn for the worse after the arrival of Romelu Lukaku at Stamford Bridge in a club-record deal.

Werner played second fiddle to the Belgian throughout the 2021-22 season and, as a result, decided to return to Leipzig last summer.

Werner believes that he was treated unfairly by former Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel, who was dismissed by the club in September and has revealed that he lost the enjoyment of playing football towards the end of his tenure in the Premier League.

In an interview with The Sun, the 26-year-old said, “I had a very good first six months at Chelsea, which was what the supporters and club expected of me.”

“I scored the goals and played good games. Then all this gets a little bit forgotten by the manager, it was not really fair.”

Ex-Chelsea Flop Werner Admits Lukaku Was His 'Biggest Problem'
Ex-Chelsea Flop Werner Admits Lukaku Was His ‘Biggest Problem’

“That was also a reason I had to move back to Leipzig, to get the enjoyment again. I didn’t feel that anymore but you need it to be successful. Maybe yes, in the end, I just wanted out.”

Timo Werner also spoke about his competition with Romelu Lukaku, who returned to Inter Milan on loan for the 2022-23 season after a disappointing debut campaign at Chelsea.

Werner was unhappy with how Tuchel immediately sidelined him to make room for Lukaku, saying: “The biggest problem was that [Tuchel] put a striker like Lukaku in front of me in the second season after I won the Champions League by almost playing every game in the first team.”

“That was the toughest moment for me, having a player who cost 120 million euros in front of me. Romelu was a big striker and had to play after costing so much, and I didn’t feel honored enough. Maybe that was also a reason for my ups and downs.”

Werner is set to make an appearance for RB Leipzig in their Champions League round of 16 first-leg match against Manchester City on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Chelsea will play against Tottenham in a Premier League London derby on Sunday.

 

 

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