Timo Werner believes some of his key skills have been restored since Chelsea beat Southampton six times earlier in the month.
Speaking to ESPN after Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final, the German admitted to feeling quicker and stronger after the demolition of the Saints 10 days ago.
Werner has looked like a completely reformed player in the last three matches.
He shone on the south coast, scoring twice and hitting the woodwork three times as Thomas Tuchel’s men raced to an aggregate win.
The speedy striker added to his tally against Real Madrid in the following game, almost helping Chelsea complete a famous Champions League comeback at the Bernabeu.
But European heartache was quickly followed by cup enjoyment.
Tuchel’s side finally managed to find a way past Crystal Palace at Wembley at the weekend, with Werner at the center of the action.
It was the 26-year-old’s pass that set up Mason Mount’s controlled strike into the bottom corner 14 minutes from time.
Werner will continue to work
Romelu Lukaku should have given his co-striker another assist but only managed to deflect Werner’s low cross to the post.
However, it was certainly all smiles from ITV’s man of the match after the final whistle.
“Since the Southampton game I feel something different. The speed is back, the physical game is a bit behind. So everything is a bit behind,” explained Werner.
“So it helps a lot to bring that performance. I’m happy, I’ve been working hard all season and I’ll try to keep that momentum going.
Momentum is exactly what Timo has been missing since signing for Chelsea in 2020.
Every decent display was followed by a series of questionable exhibitions and long runs without scoring.
Hopefully for the player and Chelsea, this is just the start of Werner’s full restoration.
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