Premier League

Werner questioned Chelsea move after heavy Bayern defeat

Frank Lampard's side were demolished 7-1 over two legs in the Champions League by the German champions last season

11:46am on Wednesday 23rd September 2020
Martin Macdonald

Timo Werner admits that doubts entered his mind about potentially moving to Chelsea after he witnessed the Blues being comprehensively defeated 3-0 in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 game against Bayern.

Last season, which was Lampard's first in charge of Chelsea, the Premier League side drew Bayern in the first knockout stage and were defeated 3-0 at Stamford Bridge in the first leg.

In the second leg, which took place after lockdown, they lost 4-1 at the Allianz Arena.

Chelsea were under a transfer ban last year and have made up for lost time this summer by splurging over £200m on Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva, and Kai Havertz.


Hudson-Odoi in Lampard's plans, but talks to commence about his future

How Jurgen Klopp made Trent Alexander-Arnold a playmaking full-back

Ancelotti and James helping to dispel the 'intense' Premier League myth

Frank de Boer set to be appointed Netherlands coach

Werner, who played against Bayern with RB Leipzig last season, questioned whether a Chelsea transfer would be the correct career move after he witnessed Bayern so easily winning the first leg in London.

“I would be lying if I said it wasn't like that," he told Sport Bild.

"The 3-0 home defeat of Chelsea in the first leg against Bayern hadn't exactly spoken in favour of going to London.

"I have to say that openly, because with Leipzig we always played very good and close games against Bayern."

The German reckons that Chelsea were able to learn from the first-leg loss, though, as they went on to qualify for the Champions League again and reach the FA Cup final.

"By showing Chelsea the weak points, the club was able to work on the pieces of the puzzle in order to catch up with the future Champions League winners Bayern. That's what Chelsea did," he added.

Werner has impressed in his first two Premier League matches with Chelsea, against Brighton and Liverpool respectively, but is still on the lookout for his first goal in England.

Latest news


Clearly it is not good – Klopp rues Fabinho injury

Shortly after losing star defender Virgil van Dijk, Liverpool have another key player set for a spell out of action

  • 4 hours

Josep Maria Bartomeu resigns as president of Barcelona

The unpopular president has vacated after a vote of no-confidence from the Socios

  • 5 hours
Champions League

Chelsea have nothing to prove without Thiago Silva, says Zouma

Back-to-back clean sheets against Sevilla and Manchester United have boosted the Blues ahead of their match with Krasnodar

  • 7 hours
Premier League

Man Utd selection dilemma 'not easy' for Solskjaer

After much debate over his usage of Donny van de Beek and Paul Pogba, the Old Trafford manager acknowledged he has a difficult balance to strike

  • 9 hours
La Liga

Ramos is Clasico match winner as he earns place in Team of the Week

The influential Spaniard was the recipient of a controversial penalty against Barcelona, but dusted himself off to score the spotkick

  • 11 hours
Premier League

Premier League Team of the Week, Round 6: Brilliant Bamford is a perfect 10

The striker scored a hat-trick as Leeds impressively won 3-0 away at Aston Villa this past weekend

  • 13 hours

Most read