Timo Werner has already achieved plenty in his young career, but what has been missing so far is silverware, something he wants to put right now he’s joined Chelsea.
Aside from a Confederations Cup triumph with Germany in 2017, Werner does not possess a winner’s medal from his professional career. The closest he has come was when RB Leipzig lost the DFB Pokal final last year, so despite picking up plenty of individual accolades and praise in recent seasons, it is a collective success he is targeting at Chelsea.
‘I have come here to win titles and as many games as I can,’ said Werner in a press conference today.
‘Chelsea is a big club, a club that always wants to win, and I’m a player who always wants to win every game.
‘It’s clear we want to win titles. Now we have a very strong team, and a young team that can develop and go through a period of a long time where we can stay together because we are young. That’s a good way and that’s what I want to reach here.
‘I also wanted to come to the Premier League because it’s the world’s best league, and I wanted to have the feeling to play here for such a big club like Chelsea.’
Werner cited the league’s popularity around the world as one of the factors that makes it stand out compared to the Bundesliga, although he won’t be able to sample games with crowds in yet.
His debut on Monday went well. Werner looked lively throughout, and the team left the Amex with three points. Now he is aiming to get to his very best level as quickly as he can.
‘The football in the Premier League fits me very well. In the two games against Brighton, sometimes they stand very deep and they give so much space, but other times you have a lot of space where you can make runs and movements which are good for me.
‘Sometimes it depends on the game. Football here is more power and more strength from the defenders. It could be I have to adapt a little bit, and play a few games to learn, but in the end I want to play, I want to play good, I want to score and I want to win.
‘Maybe I need two or three games, but in the end I want to play as good as possible and have no excuses to say ‘I have to adapt after 10 or 15 games’. I want to come in the league and be the best Timo I can be as soon as possible.’
Read more from Timo's press conference, including his thoughts on Sunday's game against Liverpool