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Werner: I’ve scored fewer but I’ve learned more

Timo Werner, the man who made the difference at West Ham with the winning goal on Saturday, is targeting a scoring run to make up for lost time this season, but he has also come to appreciate his game should not only be about goals.

His strike at the end of the first half takes him onto a combined 20 goals and assists in what is his first Chelsea season, 11 of that total goals, and coming as it did 12 days after his previous one, he was understandably pleased, especially as it was worth the three points from an important match.

‘We were in a difficult situation at the beginning of the game because we had to win this game to come in the top four, otherwise it is very tight for us because we play against a lot of good teams for the rest of the season so there was a lot of pressure on us,’ admitted Werner.

‘With that, we played from the beginning with a lot of courage, with a lot of trust in ourselves and we played the ball up front and created a lot of chances and for me, the most impressive thing was that we didn’t concede a goal again.

‘We missed a chance a few days ago to put a little bit of a gap to West Ham but on Saturday we did it very well.

‘I am very happy with the goal because it is not the easiest season for me in terms of scoring goals, which is always my first aim, but now it has changed a little bit because I want to help the team as much as I can and I help the team with assists and also a goal today, and I hope that it continues like this. It is hard work to score in the Premier League, maybe different than I had in the last years before.

‘Last year I scored 28 goals [in the league] and maybe by this time in the season I had 25, nearly five times more than now. It is always difficult to have a situation like that but I have learned a lot out of this in this season, so when you have a down in your career you get even stronger out of it and I hope I can continue scoring now.’

Werner values the part Thomas Tuchel has played in keeping him going in his quest to score more frequently, and the head coach described the striker’s performance against the Hammers as ‘strong’ and says that ‘he needs to keep on scoring and catch the moment’.

Werner said: ‘It is very difficult for a manager to keep believing in you when you as a team always win and as a striker you don’t score as many goals as you should do, but he gives me always the trust, he gives me always the opportunity to play and I try to give as much as possible back to him.

‘Every goal for every striker makes it a little bit easier. When you score early in the season five, six or seven goals, it brings you through the whole season because it gives you confidence to score the goals when you have a period like me.

‘At the beginning of the season when you don’t score it gets harder and harder and you have problems with yourself and you have problems sometimes with the ball, but you don’t think about scoring and slowly I came to understanding that not only scoring is a main point, a main point is to help the team as much as I can and as long as I have this on my mind I think the other things will come back.’

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