Chelsea star Timo Werner feels ‘guilty’ after Frank Lampard sacking ahead of Man Utd game

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Chelsea star Timo Werner has admitted he feels guilty after Frank Lampard’s sacking. The Germany international toiled under the former Blues boss before he was axed in January. But he’s now improved under Thomas Tuchel and will be looking to put Manchester United to the sword on Sunday.

Lampard signed Werner during the summer transfer window, with Chelsea beating Liverpool to the player’s signature.

However, the former RB Leipzig star toiled under the 42-year-old prior to his sacking last month.

And Werner has now admitted he feels guilty about his struggles, telling Sky Sports: “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.

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“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.

“I understood the old manager very well.

“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.

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“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 also claimed his dry spell for Chelsea was the ‘worst time’ of his career.

“The smile wasn’t on my face all the time,” he said.

“You have to keep smiling, that’s the most important thing because when you are not happy and you don’t enjoy football, and you are always angry or mad, you can’t go back to moments where you can play good football.

“That’s my thing and how I want to train. The other things are: always be positive and not mad, and that’s the next step to being back to the old Timo.

“Behind the smile, of course there were a lot of days without goals and also sometimes losing. It’s not the best feeling but smiling on the outside is the best way to keep going.

“The period where I didn’t score was the worst time of my career because I’d never missed so many big chances. 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 I look back at my half a year with Chelsea, it wasn’t the most difficult time in my career, but the best time to learn new things.

“When you have a period without goals you learn something from yourself. You learn a lot about how you can handle these situations and it was the best time for me to learn the most in my career.

“From bad moments you learn the most and that’s exactly what happened in the last month.”

Werner also expressed a belief the Premier League was harder than he initially thought it would be.

“Everyone says there’s a lot of strength, a lot of big guys in defence, the Premier League is very fast and there’s a lot of high intensity,” he said.

“So, I came here and thought it would fit me very well, but now I know it is much more than just what people say.

“There’s a lot more work in the Premier League. You have to a lot more defensive work as a team than, for example, in the Bundesliga.

“What I get now is that the Premier League is really hard. Every game, whether you play against the bottom side or the third side, it’s always the same game.

“You can’t go to the bottom side and say it’s going to be an easy win today.

“You go to Burnley, you go to West Brom and it’s a hard game. It’s a very hard game and that’s what makes it a lot of fun.

“You can never have a break. You always have to be at 100 per cent, always at the top level and that’s something special in the Premier League.”

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