Timo Werner could not have set the world alight throughout his first season at Chelsea, however he’s the participant Pep Guardiola needs to be nervous about forward of the Champions League ultimate in opposition to Man City.
In actual fact, talkSPORT pundits declare the City boss might need to vary his workforce round to maintain the German speedster at bay in Porto.
City are favourites forward of Saturday’s all-English season finale, with a doable treble inside their attain after Premier League and Carabao Cup successes this time period.
Chelsea had regarded a real hazard for City with the Blues having fun with a formidable resurgence below Thomas Tuchel, just for the German’s workforce to lose its sting within the ultimate weeks of the marketing campaign as they misplaced the FA Cup ultimate and three of their final 4 league video games of the marketing campaign.
Many have written off the London membership forward of the battle for European glory in Portugal, however former City supervisor Stuart Pearce has warned his former membership there may be each cause to be cautious of Tuchel’s facet.
And there’s one man particularly the pundits agree might pose essentially the most hazard to City’s lengthy quest to be European champions.
“I believe Timo Werner shall be key tonight,” Pearce instructed the Weekend Sports activities Breakfast.
It hasn’t been a classic first 12 months as a Chelsea participant for Werner.
The participant himself has admitted he has skilled the ‘most unfortunate’ season of his total profession, with the striker netting 12 objectives however the stats [expected goals] exhibiting he ought to have had 20, a minimum of.
Followers, and little doubt his supervisor, have been annoyed along with his obvious incapability to remain onside, however there’s little doubt concerning the all-round menace he brings to the Blues’ assault.
Whereas his aim output could also be under par, his tally of 15 assists is above common for a centre-forward, and the German has been hailed for his character, to maintain his chin up and maintain making an attempt for his workforce regardless of his private disappointment.
“I’m a giant fan of Werner’s,” stated former Arsenal winger Perry Groves.
“He’s in single figures for Premier League objectives [six] however when he’s within the workforce different gamers play higher due to him.
“I believe you choose gamers when it isn’t going very effectively for them, their character, and he by no means hides. He nonetheless tries to get in the precise positions.”
“Oh, he doesn’t cease working,” added Sports activities bar host and former Chelsea defender Jason Cundy.
“You can not fault him for effort, he’s A+ for effort.”
Pearce defined how Werner – regardless of his doubters – can hurt City, with Groves saying he’ll be such a nuisance that Guardiola could also be pressured into rethinking his again line.
“He’s higher suited on the counter assault due to his tempo to go in behind,” stated Pearce.
“While you’re at Chelsea there are loads of groups within the Premier League that gained’t permit you that house in behind, however I’ll inform you one workforce that most likely would possibly – Manchester City.
“City come onto you, they’ll assault and produce the sport to you, so it is likely to be a sport the place Chelsea are going to wish that outlet if he begins and he runs in behind.
“Within the sport at Wembley [Chelsea’s FA Cup semi-final win over City – one of Tuchel’s two wins over Guardiola this season] his menace was an enormous weapon for Chelsea.”
“I believe Pep shall be nervous about Werner’s tempo,” stated Groves.
“I believe he would possibly play Kyle Walker as one of many three centre-halves due to Werner’s tempo – He’s all the time trying to get in behind, he stretches the opposition.
“He’ll be a hazard for Man City.”
Any Tony Cascarino believes he has the chance to relaunch his Chelsea profession and develop into and prompt hero with a aim in opposition to City.
“Timo Werner has not even been talked about by anyone,” stated the ex-Chelsea striker.
“He has had a little bit of an detached season, he hasn’t scored the variety of objectives anticipated of him.
“Can he make a reputation for himself on this ultimate? Think about that. From the man who hasn’t actually been talked about, he has a chance to actually relaunch his Chelsea profession.”
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