Michael Ballack explains why Werner has struggled at Chelsea

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Former Chelsea midfielder and Germany legend Michael Ballack has explained why Timo Werner is struggling at Chelsea.

Werner, who Chelsea signed from RB Leipzig last summer, has only scored one goal in his last 19 appearances for club and country.

Asked about Werner’s struggles at Chelsea, Ballack told Omnisport: “Timo started off pretty well. Of course, if you aren’t scoring as a striker, then it is hard on the self-confidence.

“I believe that it is very hard for him overall, as he was used to playing differently at Leipzig. He had a lot more space in front of him.

“Chelsea is the kind of team that has a lot of ball possession, wanting to dominate the opponent. Maybe even more so with [Thomas] Tuchel.

“Maybe he has to work on his playing style a little bit or try to get himself into better positions.

“As a striker you are depending on your fellow players to find you and if the [goal drought] breaks, then he will be able to find his old form.

“He used to have good phases with the national team, using his physical presence and power to break down on the wing.

“So when the [drought] breaks, then things will go better again.”

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