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Timo Werner Admits To Feeling 'Guilty' Over Frank Lampard's Chelsea Sacking

Timo Werner Admits To Feeling 'Guilty' Over Frank Lampard's Chelsea Sacking

Timo Werner gave a honest interview about "the worst period" of his career.

Josh Lawless

Josh Lawless

Timo Werner has admitted to feeling guilty over Frank Lampard's sacking.

The German striker was signed by the Chelsea legend in a £47.5 million move from RB Leipzig and opened his Premier League account with a brace in a 3-3 draw with Southampton in October.

But Werner became extremely wasteful in front of goal and went on an shambolic 14-game run without finding the net before ending the drought against Newcastle earlier this month.

Image: PA
Image: PA

His lack of form, coupled with a series of poor results for the team on the whole, resulted in all-time top scorer Lampard being sacked and replaced by former PSG and Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel.

In a candid interview with Sky Sports' Patrick Davison ahead of Chelsea's visit of Manchester United on Sunday, Werner admitted he feels some responsibility for Lampard's dismissal.

"The period where I didn't score was the worst time of my career because I'd never missed so many big chances," he said.

"I'd never been so long without a goal, so I was very happy it ended two games ago. It was a difficult time without those feelings.

"When you come here to play as a striker and be the man to score the goals, of course I felt a little bit guilty that I missed so many chances. For the club, for the old manager but also for me because I want to score all the time and as much as I possibly can.

"Of course, if I'd scored four or five more goals maybe the old manager would still be here because we'd maybe have won two or three games more but you can't look too much into the past because there are too many games ahead of us.

"The past was like this and of course I feel a little bit guilty, but in football you have to go on, and now we have a lot of big games in the next few weeks and you have to look forward, especially when you have a new manager.

"It's a new beginning for everybody, for me as well because I'd missed so many chances and so many points, maybe I start now with a new start, and it's worked very well until now."

Since compatriot Tuchel was appointed Blues manager, Werner has scored once and assisted three in the Premier League. He's appeared a lot more confident and closer to the Werner we saw score goals for fun at Leipzig.

Image: PA
Image: PA

"It was not because of the language, but when you can talk German to someone, there are things he can explain to me easier than the old manager could," Werner added.

"It's different when you talk to someone in your own language because one word is enough to make a sentence completely different.

"For me, that was the thing he changed. He knows me and his assistants know me from the Bundesliga. He gave me trust back and confidence back to be the Timo from the Bundesliga, to be back at the top and scoring goals."

Werner has ten goals in 34 appearances in his first season in English football.

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Topics: Frank Lampard, Chelsea, Football, Thomas Tuchel, Timo Werner