Chelsea star Werner told to avoid ‘madness’ of Man Utd

Date published: Thursday 9th December 2021 9:16 - Will Ford

Chelsea forward Timo Werner celebrates his goal

Chelsea striker Timo Werner should snub any offer to move to Manchester United, according to Glen Johnson.

Werner has struggled for form at Chelsea following his £47million move from Leipzig in the summer of 2020, but did score a brace in one of his best displays for the Blues in the 3-3 draw with Zenit St Petersburg on Wednesday.

And reports have claimed that Werner is a ‘candidate’ to sign for Manchester United as new boss Ralf Rangnick ‘trusts the sensible striker blindly’.

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Rangnick signed Werner for Leipzig in 2016 and the striker notched 16 goals and 12 assists under his stewardship in the 2018-19 season, before nearly doubling that goal tally the season after.

But Glen Johnson claims the move wouldn’t suit either party and believes United’s apparent desire to sign any striker should put the German off moving to Old Trafford.

He told, via the Mirror: “I don’t think that’s a good move for either party to be honest. I don’t think it’s a good move for Manchester United and I don’t think it’s a good move for Timo Werner.

“United seem to want to sign any player available in that position which is just madness.”

Werner’s Champions League double wasn’t enough to secure Chelsea top spot in their Champions League group.

And after Chelsea led 1-0 and 3-2 in the game, Thomas Tuchel has urged his players to stop coasting when they hold the advantage.

“I won’t take it personally that you make a judgement here that my players are not listening to me, which I don’t find so nice but I leave it with you and your opinion,” said Tuchel.

“I think that we had a very good first 15 minutes and we stopped doing the things we did in the first 15 minutes.

“We were forgetting why we were the better team, because of the investment, the level of concentration, the level of physical investment was high enough to be the better team.

“Once this drops, five, 10 per cent, and it does; once we start managing results and changing our behaviour from what the score is, we get punished at the moment.

“It happened to us at West Ham and it happened again today.

“The reaction was good again, that shows me that it’s not about what we can do, because we can do it.

“Suddenly when we concede two goals we can step up, we can show a reaction. But once we have the lead we give it away again, like also today.

“The last six minutes again we started playing balls back, we started not attacking in the same aggression, the same hunger as before and we got immediately punished, now twice.”

He added: “My analysis is very clear: our behaviour changes when we have a lead and this is something we never did and we should never do.”


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