RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner has revealed that a combination of missed chances and plenty of VAR decisions against him severely impacted his confidence at Chelsea.
The German, who joined the Blues in a €50 million transfer in 2020, returned to Leipzig this summer after two difficult years with the Stamford Bridge outfit.
In 89 games, Werner struck only 23 times, including just 10 in the Premier League, as he struggled to replicate his Leipzig form at Chelsea.
Now back in the Bundesliga after completing a £25.3 million transfer from west London, Werner has opened up on his travails on English soil.
He said (via journalist Bobby Vincent):
“I had a few misses in my first year at Chelsea. Then I think I set a new record for VAR decisions against me – nobody will break that record anytime soon! All of that led to me losing confidence in my second year.”
Werner was criticized for missing a host of chances during his time at the club. He will also be remembered for the numerous VAR decisions that went against him.
However, the 26-year-old also reflected on some of his fondest memories at the club, such as winning the Champions League in 2021.
“My first year at Chelsea was probably my most successful year ever. Not on a personal level, but it was always portrayed worse than it actually was. I was the top scorer that season and we won the Champions League. I couldn’t ask for much more.”
Werner later added the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup medals to his collection, but lost in the FA Cup and EFL Cup finals last season.