Germany star Timo Werner says he needs to have the support of the coach after enduring some heavy criticism and admitted at some point “the barrel will be full”.
The Chelsea striker says he has blocked out his critics after scoring twice to help Germany cruise to a 4-0 victory over North Macedonia in World Cup qualifying.
Goals from Werner, Kai Havertz and Jamal Musiala helped Germany become the first European team to qualify for the 2022 World Cup.
Hansi Flick’s men grabbed Germany’s fifth win in their fifth game to secure top spot in Group J with two games to spare.
Werner scored twice in three second-half minutes, first drilling in from a Thomas Muller pass before curling a shot home from inside the penalty area.
Werner looked sharp in Skopje after a difficult 12 months at Chelsea, where he has been heavily criticised.
In fact the striker admitted to “difficult times” at the club recently after struggling to get game time.
The former Leipzig’s man’s profligacy in front of goal has been the main bone of contention for pundits and fans alike. But he looked back to his best on Monday night.
“It’s always difficult against teams like that. It was good that we didn’t concede, there were one or two dicey situations,” said Werner.
“If we push for a goal like this for over 90 minutes, then it’s only a matter of time before we score.
“We then took the lead and then it was a lot easier. That was the difference to the last game.”
Asked how he has reacted to the recent criticism, Werner replied: “It has to roll off you, because if I had been thinking too much about the days, then I would not have been able to play today.
“At some point the barrel will be full. I know what I can do and so I go into every game with that mindset.”
Germany boss Flick was a critic of Werner’s positioning following the 2-1 victory over Romania on Friday.
“He did not have the positioning that you need. He was often on a par with Serge Gnabry or Leroy Sané, who had the ball. We still have to coach that a bit,” said Flick.
Werner: I need this trust
But Werner, who has amazingly had 16 goals disallowed by VAR at Chelsea, had nothing but praise for his national team manager on Monday night.
“He’s very good for me. If a coach likes you and relies on you, it helps every player,” he added.
“I need this trust from outside, that’s what he gives [Flick] me one hundred percent. I’m trying to pay it back and I hope that I can keep giving it back.”
In his post-match press conference, Flick hailed Werner for silencing his doubters with some slick finishing.
“We are always happy about every goal we score,” he said.
“It’s not always easy for him and he had a few chances in the game again today, but he finished this one great.”