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Chelsea striker Timo Werner says the Premier League physicist has taken him by surprise, adding that he is “struggling” with the demands of this season.
The Blues made Werner one of several major arrivals in the recent transfer window for around £ 50 million.
As such, he came from RB Leipzig with a reputation and great enthusiasm for his club’s title chances. In the first weeks of the season, he seemed to have adapted perfectly.
In fact, he scored four goals and helped another two in his first eight Premier League games. Since then, however, he has not scored and has recorded two more assists.
Talking to Sky sports, Germany’s international he admitted that he did not expect the English top flight to be so demanding.
“It doesn’t matter how much it costs. It’s always a bit of pressure when you come to a new club. But I think I can handle it very well. It’s not something new, ”said the forward about his price.
“The pressure is a bit higher than in previous years, but I think good footballers are the best under pressure and that’s my plan, I can do very well under pressure.
“The Premier League is a bit different from my old league. It is more difficult than I thought. The contact here is harder than in Germany, it is what I expected but not like this ”.
Werner, however, insisted that the unique demands of this season have not helped him settle down.
The late end of the last quarter led to a late start to this campaign, on the same schedule as before.
Werner admits a ‘difficult’ schedule
“The start was very good, but now, after many games, I am struggling a bit,” Werner said.
“I think it’s difficult when you play every three days… and on Saturday against teams that can rest all week.
“It’s hard to be the best in every game, but it’s a lot of fun to play in the Premier League.”
Despite a good start, Chelsea have lost two straight games in the top flight. Frank LampardThe team returns to action on Monday against West Ham.
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