Timo Werner admits Bayern Munich’s crushing victory over Chelsea in the Champions League ‘hadn’t exactly spoken in favour’ of a move to Stamford Bridge but believes the club have since gone some way to addressing the problems made evident in the one-sided last-16 tie.
A quickfire double from Serge Gnabry and Robert Lewandowski’s 76th-minute strike put Bayern in total control of the clash and Chelsea’s hopes appeared to have been extinguished before the second leg had even kicked off.
The break in football caused by the coronavirus pandemic meant Werner joined the Blues before their trip to the Allianz Arena but the German could play no part in Munich as Bayern extended their advantage and secured a place in the quarter-finals.
Tammy Abraham’s strike just before half-time was the only highlight for the visitors as a brace from Robert Lewandowski and goals from Ivan Perisic and Corentin Tolisso rounded off a thumping 4-1 (Agg 7-1) victory for Hansi Flick’s men, who went on to lift the trophy.
Asked whether it was shocking watching Bayern’s comprehensive win over Chelsea, Werner told cfbayern.com: ‘I would be lying if I said it wasn’t like that.
‘The 3-0 home defeat of Chelsea in the first leg against Bayern hadn’t exactly spoken in favour of going to London.
‘I have to say that openly because with Leipzig we always played very good and close games against Bayern.’
Werner is confident Chelsea have learned their lessons from the loss and made up ground on Bayern in the short time that has passed.
‘With Bayern showing Chelsea their weak points, the club was able to work on the pieces of the puzzle in order to catch up with the future Champions League winners Bayern,’ the attacker added.
‘That’s what Chelsea did.’
but in the side’s 3-1 victory at Brighton in the Premier League earlier this month.
The Germany international also played the full 90 minutes of Chelsea’s 2-0 loss at home to Liverpool last weekend but is yet to open his account for the west London outfit.