Werner defends Champions League decision
Timo Werner played his final Bundesliga game for RB Leipzig on Saturday as the 2019/20 season drew to a close. He signed off with two goals as his side won 2-1 at Augsburg.
However, their season isn’t over as they are still in Europe. Werner will not be part of it though, as he becomes a Chelsea player on July 1 while the Champions League will not be concluded until August, prompting some criticism of the player. He wishes he could play for them, but this is what the clubs agreed.
“Of course it hurts me that I can’t help out [RB Leipzig] to play in the Champions League,” he told Sportbuzzer.
Amidst the Premier League title celebrations in Liverpool, some 220 miles away down the M1 Frank Lampard was celebrating what could prove to be a momentous victory.
Chelsea’s 2-1 victory over Manchester City not only confirmed Jurgen Klopp’s side as champions, it strengthened their grip on fourth spot and moved them five points clear of Manchester United.
Securing Champions League football could be crucial for the Blues as it will allow them to attract an even higher quality standard of player to Stamford Bride.
Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner are already en route to west London after deals were agreed and they are unlikely to stop there.
Lampard has spoken about the need to add goals, and bringing in the third-highest scorer in Europe’s top five leagues this season ought to do the trick.
Chelsea could yet hijack Manchester United’s move for Borussia Dortmund and England star Jadon Sancho, while the Blues remain keen on signing highly-rated Leicester left-back Ben Chilwell.
Suddenly, Lampard’s men could be completely transformed before the start of next season, with an XI to rival Liverpool and Manchester City for the title.
On reflection, Chelsea were having a relatively good season until the Premier League was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
While there were undoubtedly some low points, most fans would’ve happily settled for fourth place at the beginning of the campaign, given the loss of star man Eden Hazard and the club’s transfer ban during the summer.
Even though their ban was lifted before January, Chelsea still failed to sign anyone and Lampard was critical of the club’s hierarchy for failing to strengthen.
The boss knows his side need dramatic personnel improvements if they want to challenge Liverpool at the top of the table – and they’ve been saving up the money to do just that.
So, what more can Chelsea do to challenge at the very top of the league next season?