Timo Werner has warned his Chelsea team-mates they must stop leaking goals following their 3-3 draw with Southampton – declaring “defences win titles”.
Werner put Frank Lampard’s side 2-0 up within the first half-hour of Saturday’s Premier League clash with a couple of brilliant goals.
But he saw his good work start to come undone when Danny Ings pulled one back after Kai Havertz lost possession in his own half.
And Southampton were level through Che Adama following a poor backpass from Kurt Zouma and a mistake from Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Havertz atoned for his earlier error by firing Chelsea back into the lead in the second half, but Jannik Vestergaard scored in injury time to earn a point for the Saints.
And a frustrated Werner said Chelsea must raise their game if they want to be in the hunt for silverware this season.
“The first half we played very well until the goal from Southampton,” he told Premier League Productions.
“When you get a goal two or three minutes before half time it is always not an easy situation because you have to have a clear head in the second half because two goals is better than one goal.
“In the second half Southampton put a lot of pressure on us and pressed us high.
“I think we gave them too many opportunities to score goals. We have to win the game.
“I am happy about my goals but in the end I want to win the game. It’s a day I’m 50 per cent happy and 50 per cent not.”
Werner was asked whether Chelsea have a problem in their defence, with Lampard’s side having also conceded three goals to be held by West Brom two weeks ago.
A 4-0 win over Crystal Palace followed in their most recent Premier League outing, but Werner said his side were leaking too many goals.
“I don’t know if we have a problem but in the end the last three games we concede six goals and that’s not where we want to be,” he said.
“I think we are Chelsea, we want to battle for titles.
“In the end think it’s not the offence that wins titles. In Germany we always say defence wins titles. I think that’s true.
“When we concede so many goals in every game then it’s hard to win games but in the end also to win titles.
“I think we have to work in it because six goals in three games is too much. I think we have to be better in this.”