Timo Werner rues bad luck as reason for lack of goals

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Timo Werner has had ill luck in front of goal, and has scored just two goals in all competitions for Chelsea over the past four months.

The 24-year-old started his Chelsea career in fine form, with 8 goals in his first 12 appearances for the Blues, but since then, things have slowed down massively for him.

Having only found the net once this year, Werner’s struggle has gone beyond Frank Lampard’s era and well into Thomas Tuchel. Although, he helps with assists and his general play is commendable, he still needs to find his scoring touch.

Werner has blamed ill luck as part of why he isn’t finding the net.

“When you don’t score as a striker it’s very tough, and I never had it in my career before,” Werner said before the Chelsea game against Everton.

“It was tough for me because I want to help the team, and I want to score because that is my nature. After winning games, scoring goals is the most important thing. In this period, it didn’t work, but you have to learn from these situations.

“You can learn more from bad situations than good situations. I learned a lot to trust in myself. I learned to not only think about goals but to give more on the pitch for the team, to fight more for the team defensively and help my team offensively as much as I can.

“Of course it helps you a lot when a lot of good players and big strikers were also in those situations, but in the end you are in your own head, you are criticising yourself and thinking why doesn’t it work,” he added.

“I scored 28 goals last year, I came here and scored eight goals in my first 12 or 15 games here, so why did that period not work? I was doing the same as before, but as a striker you always have to have a little bit of luck.

“Last year I had a bit of luck on my side, this year the luck is not on my side: I hit the bar and the post the most in the Premier League, I was five times offside with VAR by one centimetre…maybe next year somebody will put their feet back two centimetres and nobody will say anything!”

Werner had opportunities to score against Everton, but failed to find the back of the net.

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