Timo Werner has warned Chelsea’s rivals that Frank Lampard’s side can reach a new level this season after reflecting on his first few weeks at Stamford Bridge.
Werner joined Chelsea from RB Leipzig this summer, after scoring 34 goals in 45 games last season. The striker is one of a number of new arrivals for the Blues, who have also signed Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva.
Werner marked his Chelsea debut in a pre-season friendly against Brighton with a goal, giving the first sign of optimism that he can help transform the team.
Some feel that Chelsea’s summer spending has made them contenders for the Premier League title, as they prepare to do battle with the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City.
And Werner is confident that his new club can compete with the best thanks to the work they have been doing under Lampard in pre-season.
Speaking to their official website, he said: “The work with the manager recently has been really good.
“He’s been showing and explaining to the whole team, not just me, what we can do on the pitch and how to improve on last season.
“He’s been great to work with and he’s been discussing his plans for the future, and how we want to battle with teams like Man City and Liverpool. I think Chelsea is a big club and with this team that we have, I think we can reach a new level.
“We have some very good players here and the manager is there to show us the way, and help us improve. We’ve worked a lot on tactical things, as well as our strength and fitness, to make sure we are ready for the start of the season.”
Werner settling in quickly
When asked how he was settling in at Chelsea, Werner said: “Very good. I know the way from my home to the training ground now, so that’s good!
“That’s important, knowing your way around your new surroundings and we have also trained at the stadium so now I know my way to Stamford Bridge also.
“My apartment is very nice, I feel happy there and also the city of London is brilliant. For me, London is one of the best cities in the world so I’m really happy.
“When you take a few days away, the weather was also very good! Yes, I’m very happy and settling in well.
“When I first came to England it was hard to understand everyone’s English, because I haven’t had to speak this language since my school days. It’s not been as hard as I expected though, everyone has helped me settle in.
“People have spoken very slowly so I can understand and right now I feel very happy. I can understand everything and communicate in English.”
Werner added that fellow Germany international Antonio Rudiger – whom he used to be teammates with at Stuttgart, and whom helped him decide to join Chelsea – has helped him settle in.
He said: “Having someone who can speak German always helps, and also Kova [Mateo Kovacic] can speak German too, so he’s helped me settle in.
“They have helped me around the training ground but also in explaining to me where is good to go for dinner, where is good to live, things like this.
“I didn’t know London very well, I’d only visited a few times, so it was really important to have two guys like this helping me settle in.”