Analysis

Werner grateful for Chelsea supporters’ backing and unfazed by mixed decisions

From the moment he exquisitely turned between two Leicester players on the halfway line with a couple of minutes on the clock, Timo Werner was in the thick of things at Stamford Bridge.

That piece of skill ended up creating an opening for Ben Chilwell which Christian Pulisic so nearly converted, and more frustration was to follow for Chelsea, and especially Werner, before Toni Rudiger nudged us in front early in the second half.

Jorginho extended our lead from the spot after Werner was felled, and although Kelechi Iheanacho pulled one back for Leicester, we held on for a deserved and vital three points that leaves us in pole position to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

‘It was really hard after the final, but this game was so big that we couldn't have so many things in our head about the final because we had to concentrate on this game,’ explained Werner.

‘It was difficult. We had to prepare very good for this game, and find solutions. They didn’t give us that in the FA Cup, but with our power and our energy, and the crowd behind us, we did very well.

‘We are very happy about this win, and we have the feeling we can go to Aston Villa and win, but the job is not done.’

Werner noted the Chelsea supporters’ impact, and he was thrilled to hear the supporters singing his name at regular intervals, as well as cheering the team on.

‘We have missed it so much. That's why you play football, because you want a full stadium. There were only 8,000 but it was so loud. It made it a lot of fun to play and you saw that on the pitch.

‘When I turned in the middle and ran and gave the pass to Chilly, and then we had a big chance after two or three minutes, the crowd was there. They were pushing us so much and that is what we have missed.

‘It was really nice to hear the fans like me and cheer me and push me,’ added the forward.

‘In Germany you don’t have songs for one guy, in Germany it was the opposite, I was hated a lot! But here the whole crowd was very good. You could see how important supporters can be when they’re in the stadium and not in front of their TVs.’

Werner also offered his thoughts on the medley of decisions that went for and against him. Like his manager Thomas Tuchel, he felt he should have been awarded a penalty after Youri Tielemans kicked him in the back of the calf. He also brought up something that happened in the build-up to his goal disallowed for handball.

‘I brought my body in front of him because I saw he wanted to kick the ball,’ said Werner of the Tielemans incident.

‘I wished he gave me this contact and I don’t know why the ref didn’t give the penalty. In the end we got a not-so-clear penalty, but this is football!

‘The first half was a bit like a mirror of the whole season for me. Until now I was always close, then at the end not really close. It may be the unluckiest season I have had and will have.

‘For the handball, I went to make a header, got a little push, put my arm out and then headed it exactly against my arm. Either you don’t give a handball because of the foul, or you give a penalty as well.

‘But when you have a season like this and you still reach the Champions League final, and maybe reach the Champions League next year, everything is good!’

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