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Werner admits he’s struggling to come to terms with hectic football schedule

Timo Werner concedes he is struggling to adapt to the demands of English football which is “tougher than he thought”.

The Chelsea forward is without a goal in his last eight games as the Blues prepare for a London derby against West Ham.

Werner’s 34-goal season at RB Leipzig last term convinced the west Londoners to spend £47.5m on acquiring his services.

But the condensed fixture schedule has made the German’s settling in period that much harder.

Werner has highlighted the challenges that come with playing in midweek, something not all top flight clubs have to contend with.

Timo Werner has not scored in the league since early November

And he has also dismissed the link between his price tag and his baron run in front of goal.

“It does matter how much you cost. It’s always a bit of pressure when you come to a new club,” Werner told Chelsea’s official website. “But I think I can handle it very well. It’s not something new.

“The pressure is a little bit higher than the previous years but I think good footballers are the best under pressure and that’s my plan, I can do very well under pressure.

“The Premier League is a little bit different to my old league. It’s tougher than I thought.

The striker admits the Premier League is harder than he anticipated

“The contact here is harder than in Germany, it’s what I expected but not like this.

“The beginning was very good, but now after a lot of games I’m struggling a little. I think it’s hard when you play every three days… and on Saturday against teams that can rest the whole week.

“It makes it tough to be the best in every game but the Premier League is very fun to play in.”

Werner has only scored four Premier League goals in 11 outings.

His struggles have been magnified by Chelsea’s recent back-to-back defeats at Everton and Wolves.




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