TIMO WERNER could not hide his delight after breaking his Chelsea duck in last night’s 2-0 victory over Newcastle.
The £53m summer signing from RB Leipzig grabbed an assist before ending his 14-game Premier League drought – that lasted 100 days, 1000 minutes, 14 games, and 31 shots.
Werner has been heavily criticised for his lack of goals, especially in the wake of Frank Lampard’s sacking, with his barren run stretching back to November 7.
Werner told Sky Sports: “I think as a striker, you always want to score.
“The last month I was not happy about not scoring, but it's a team sport and when we win, everything is good.
“When I help my team with assists, winning penalties and now with scoring, I'm happy.
“For a striker, it's much worse when you don't come into the situation and you don't have chances. I had a lot of chances and I missed them.
“Today, my team brought me a lot of situations where I could score and that's the important thing for me.”
Werner admitted he was sweating that VAR would rule out his much-needed strike when the ball brushed Olivier Giroud’s hand before landing at his feet to slot home.
Fortunately, he saw the funny side, saying: “Yes, I said to the bench, it would be (typical) if it was handball and the goal didn't count, it would be right to the story but at the end, I'm happy.”
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That is four straight wins and five unbeaten in the Premier League since Thomas Tuchel’s arrival last month.
The Blues have now jumped to fourth, pushing reigning champions Liverpool down to sixth.
Werner added: “It's really important. I think it's important for us to reach the Champions League at the end.
“At the start of the season, everybody said we are favourites of the title, but in the last two months, it's shown that we are not.
“We have a lot of work to do that we close the gap to (Manchester) City and other clubs.
“The football we have played, the games we are winning are not so easy games so it shows that we can and make a development like we have in the last few weeks.
“We can reach the top four but also look towards next year and more.”
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