Timo Werner has admitted that he was initially unsure about joining Chelsea due to their struggles in the Champions League last season.
Chelsea paid just under £50m to bring Werner in from RB Leipzig over the summer, with the striker being one of several high-profile signings at Stamford Bridge recently.
However, it wasn’t easy for the Blues to win the race for his signature. Werner had been heavily linked with Liverpool before moving to Chelsea instead.
And Liverpool’s interest wasn’t the only factor that made the German international think twice before eventually accepting Chelsea’s offer.
The 24-year-old has admitted to SportBild that he was concerned Chelsea’s defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League Round of 16 last season – which finished 7-1 to the German side on aggregate.
“I would be lying if I said it wasn’t like that,” he said.
“The 3-0 home defeat of Chelsea in the first leg against Bayern hadn’t exactly spoken in favour of going to London.
“I have to say that openly, because with Leipzig we always played very good and close games against Bayern.”
Werner pleased with Chelsea response
In between the two legs, Chelsea announced the signing of Werner, although he wasn’t able to play for them until this season began.
The Blues have also added the likes of Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell, Kai Havertz and Thiago Silva to strengthen their ranks.
And Werner thinks their activity in the transfer market has been a sign of them looking to close the gap with sides like Bayern.
He said: “By showing Chelsea the weak points, the club was able to work on the pieces of the puzzle in order to catch up with the future Champions League winners Bayern.
“That’s what Chelsea did.”