Timo Werner’s first season as a Chelsea player is going the distance as the Blues prepare to face Manchester City in European football’s showpiece fixture.
The forward already has 51 Chelsea appearances to his name having joined from RB Leipzig last summer. By his own admission he would like to have scored more goals, but a tally of 12, as well as 15 assists, represents a positive maiden campaign in English football.
It could become even better if he can help the Blues win the Champions League for the second time in our history, and Werner is hoping to deliver in front of the 6,000-strong travelling Chelsea support.
‘The Champions League is something special,’ he said.
‘I think when you hear the anthem before the game and the fans get that feeling, that’s when you really start looking forward to the game. It will be great to play in front of fans again because we haven’t had them there this whole time.
‘The Champions League final is the biggest game in club football. There’s nothing bigger and we’re all looking forward to it.’
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Our opponents on Saturday are familiar foes with Chelsea having won each of the past two meetings against Pep Guardiola’s side, but Werner believes it will ‘definitely be different’ from those games because of its significance.
Reflecting on our route to Porto, it was our quarter-final meeting with the team who normally inhabit the Dragao in northern Portugal that Werner identifies as the decisive moment.
‘After the Atletico game, we were drawn with Porto who were seen as the easiest draw, but still proved to be very difficult opponents with their aggressive style of play.
‘But after the win against Porto, we all started to believe that we could go very far, regardless of who stood in our way.
‘We’ve had a lot of good games but I think the second leg against Real Madrid where we reached the final was special because we showed a lot of people that we can win against the big teams. That was by some distance our best game, even if it wasn’t the most decisive.’