Chelsea hero Frank Lampard discusses Timo Werner’s struggles Kai Havertz
For sale at-Chelsea manager Frank Lampard show his old contracts Timo Werner and Kai Havertz were ‘shocked’ by the fierceness of the Premier League following their move to Stamford Bridge.
The German duo are both guaranteed a move to the UK in the summer of 2020, with Werner joins a £47.5m move from RB Leipzig and Havertz completes £71m move from Bayer Leverkusen.
Both Werner and Havertz have suffered from mixed spells in west London so far, with Werner often criticized for his silly endings and Havertz slightly flattering to deceive, despite scoring the goal in Champions League final last season.
However, Lampard believes early struggles for foreign players are almost a possibility, admitting the intensity of the Premier League and Chelsea training sessions have caught Werner and Havertz by surprise.
‘Timo is one’ [signing] Because Liverpool wanted him, Man United wanted him,’ said Lampard, who was sacked by Chelsea earlier in the year. Overlapping.
‘We know there are three or four big clubs [trying to sign him] so when I talked to Timo, I knew I had to go into my game to try and get him to come.
‘With Timo and Kai, there are obviously going to be adaptation issues. I know it because they are shocked at the speed of training, they are shocked by the physical demands of the game.
‘I remember Eden Hazard’s first year at Chelsea, he continued to be one of Chelsea’s best players, but you’ve seen him on a pre-season stroll.
‘Quite a few players go through those phases. Timo and Kai had that in the early days, Kai also had terrible Covid, which put him back quite a bit. ‘
In an extensive interview with former Manchester United and England defender Gary Neville, Lampard also hinted that he will be sacked by Chelsea.
The Blues have impressed in Lampard’s first season but the team has only ninth in the Premier League when the club decided to change managers, with his replacement being Thomas Tuchel lead Chelsea to the Champions League and topped the table.
Lampard recalled: ‘Well, we beat Luton in the FA Cup fourth round or whatever. Then the next morning, I got a text from Bruce Buck, the president, saying, “Can you move the practice and come meet us in the boardroom?” I know right away.
‘Like I said, there’s no nice way to do it and there can be different ritualistic ways to do it, but in the end the result is the same.
‘When I met Bruce and Marina [Granovskaia] it’s very intimate. I also know what comes next. Not at the moment but you are grateful for this time period.
‘That’s what it was. They will continue and there is nothing you can do there. I’ve never been in that position before, so it was a bit bizarre, but when you take the job, you understand that call can come.
‘At Chelsea, that’s probably going to happen unless you go and win titles in a row and that never will happen.’
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