Lampard explains why he took off Werner at half-time

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Timo Werner didn’t seem to be at his best against Arsenal, and faced a harsh decision from Chelsea boss Frank Lampard as he was subbed off early from the game.

With the Blues trailing Arsenal 2-0 at half time, Lampard decided that Werner and Mateo Kovacic will not return to the pitch for the second half, opting to bring in Callum Hudson-Odoi and Jorginho for the second half.

Lampard was asked to explain why he took off Werner at half-time, but he revealed that he wasn’t pleased with the German’s performance with and without the ball.

“The goals not going in is certainly something an attacking player gets judged on and I could have made more subs,” the Chelsea manager responded, “but I felt I had to make subs in those two areas to inject energy.

“Timo today wasn’t giving us enough with or without the ball and some of it we have to give him time because it is a different league but also we have to get there quickly, so we’ll see about his tiredness. I will have a conversation with him but it was a decision I just felt I had to make. I had to make changes to try to change the cause of the match.”

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