Lampard reveals why he didn’t sub off Werner against Rennes

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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard tried to give rest to some of his key players in the game against Rennes, as he took off some key players early in the second half.

With Chelsea already 3-0 up, Lampard took off Tammy Abraham, Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva and N’Golo Kante. However, Timo Werner lasted the entire 90 minutes for the second time in a row.

Explaining why he didn’t take off Werner, Lampard said when asked if Werner was benefitting from joining Chelsea early in July: “I don’t want to get drawn too much on the decision that was Timo’s.

“I haven’t broached that one with him personally. What I do know is that the fact he could come and train with us early was a big bonus early. That he could come and adapt to us, adapt to the training, make relationships with the players.

“We haven’t really had a pre-season so we had the benefit that he could train and had that period with him and Hakim. I think we’re seeing with Timo that he’s fit, adapting quickly to the rigours of the Premier League and working our team out so it was a bonus.

“He’s been easy for me, easy to manage, he works, plays well, I left him on the pitch today because I feel he’s got the endurance to play 90 minutes and I’m very happy with him.”

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