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Werner steals Chelsea show as he emulates Ronaldo and Lewandowski

The German striker is still finding his feet at Stamford Bridge — and finding the back of the net at the same time.

Two penalties in Wednesday night’s 3-0 Champions League win against Rennes made it six goals in as many games and saw him join Cristiano Ronaldo and Robert Lewandowski as one of only five players from Europe’s top leagues to hit 40 since the start of last season.

With that sort of strike-rate, Werner hardly needs any help – yet Frank Lampard’s decision to place him on penalty duties from now on will only enhance his impressive statistics.

Werner has an insatiable appetite for goals. His penalty technique is a testament to that – leaving nothing to chance as he thunders the ball past the goalkeeper.

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Goal-getter: Timo Werner netted twice from the spot for Chelsea in their 3-0 win over Rennes on Wednesday

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On this occasion it was Rennes’s Alfred Gomis who had little hope of getting in the way of one of his venomous strikes.

Werner does not go in for Jorginho’s skip or feint. He puts the ball down and blasts it with unnerving accuracy.

No wonder Lampard wanted to get him on spot-kicks as soon as possible after Chelsea’s former Mr Reliable, Jorginho, missed from 12 yards out for the second time this season against Krasnodar last week.

Werner successfully converted a later penalty in Russia and his manager had seen enough.

“I spoke to Jorginho first because he’s been brilliant at taking penalties,” said Lampard. “It’s more missing a couple recently that I felt it was time to change.

“Jorgi’s answer was as professional as I’d expect. He only wants to score them, but he was fine with that.

“If Timo takes them as well as today he’ll be happy. I’m happy he scored. Timo is [the penalty taker] as it stands now but, of course, he needs to keep scoring them.”

Ahead of Wednesday night’s match, Werner spoke of the “fun” he was having since his £45million move from RB Leipzig.

While he is yet to totally replicate his devastating form in Germany, he is showing signs of what he will bring to Chelsea’s attack with his pace, energy and finishing prowess.

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Only Cristiano Ronaldo and Robert Lewandowski have scored as many goals as Werner since the start of last season

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Lampard also highlighted Werner’s versatility by playing him wide left in his last two matches to accommodate Tammy Abraham as the spearhead.

The Blues boss said: “I know Timo, from the many conversations I’ve had with him, that he is comfortable on the left side.

“In the early stages of the season we had one fit out-and-out winger. Christian (Pulisic), Hakim (Ziyech) were out and Callum (Hudson-Odoi) was getting match fit.

“We have options but those options were tight at the beginning of the season. I know Timo can do it and he gives the chance for Tammy or Oli (Giroud) to give their attributes as a central striker.

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Frank Lampard is delighted with the impact of his new £45million striker

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“The way we want to play in a 4-3-3, you get plenty of opportunities as a left-side winger or inside winger to get into the box. It really suits him. We saw loads of fluidity in the front three as a whole.

“We’re seeing Timo is fit, adapting quickly to the rigours of the Premier League, working our team out and how we want to play. He’s been easy for me to manage. He works well.”

Abraham added a third for Chelsea in the second half to leave them undefeated in the Champions League and top of Group E.

It is now 10 games without defeat in all competitions and five straight clean sheets — the first time they’ve managed that since Carlo Ancelotti in 2010.

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