Timo Werner’s goal drought was playing on his mind – but it was not playing on Chelsea’s.
That is the view of Werner’s team-mate Andreas Christensen, who is backing the Germany star to go on a scoring spree.
Werner struck his first goal in 1,000 minutes of Premier League action in Monday’s 2-0 win over Newcastle, ending a 14-game scoreless run in the top flight.
Christensen said: “Personally maybe he needed that. But he always works hard and I think the team appreciates that.
“That's all we ask of him, and that he keeps going. But I think it was more important for him personally to get his goal and keep scoring.
“For me personally as long as he works hard, and I can’t fault him on that. I think we are just happy for him and we hope he keeps going.
“Sooner or later it was going to happen. Even the amount of chances he has, he always pops up in the right places.
“We know he is going to get the chances, so it is just a matter of time. Hopefully the start was in this game.”
Werner actually has ten goals now this season, and nine assists. But only five of his goals have come in the Premier League.
New boss Thomas Tuchel was brought into partly to start getting the best out of his countryman and looks like he has found a system that works for Werner.
Chelsea moved back into the top four by beating Newcastle ahead of Saturday’s trip to Southampton and are back on course for the Champions League.
Defender Christensen said: “We have just kept working. Not much has changed. We still come in and work hard every day.
“We had a little dip. At the moment we are getting the wins. We might not play beautiful football for 90 minutes, but we are getting there. It is coming together.
“Now we are in the top four, we obviously want to stay there, and make sure we play Champions League again.
“But now that we are in good form, we are playing well in most of the games, we just need to build on it hopefully keep it.
“We are just going to keep grinding for the points, every point that is up for grabs matters for us at the moment. That is the mindset that we have.”
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