Chelsea: Tuchel delighted to see Werner end drought
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Marcel Desailly understands why Timo Werner has struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League with Chelsea. However, Arsene Wenger believes players coming from German football should find it easier and adapt quicker than Werner has.
Werner joined Chelsea from RB Leipzig last summer for a fee of around £47.5million.
The 25-year-old initially started his Blues career well, scoring eight goals in his first 12 appearances.
But he has scored just three times in the 32 outings since in all competitions.
Desailly joined Chelsea from AC Milan in the summer of 1998, the same summer he won the World Cup with France.
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Despite huge success with his country, the former defender admitted he found it hard early on during his time in the Premier League.
And Desailly thinks Werner is proving he is going through the same process now.
He said on beIN SPORTS: “It was difficult for me as a central defender where normally I was used to being a strong guy but when I got into the Premier League it was something completely different. Even me.
“So I understand for Timo Werner who doesn’t have yet this kind of fighting spirit naturally.
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“He has great ability, his speed, right foot, left foot and everything.
“But he has to adapt, he has to absorb the pressure and the speed that we have in this Premier League.”
Wenger managed Arsenal in the Premier League for almost 22 years.
The Frenchman admits players arriving from foreign countries can take time to settle to the style of football in England.
But he says players from the German league do not find it as hard as others, suggesting Werner should have adapted quicker than he has at Stamford Bridge.
“There was a different element [to the English game] because of the intensity,” Wenger said.
“The intensity of the Premier League takes time to adapt [to].
“I always thought as well it’s a different culture, to come from a Latin country.
“For Germany, not so much. The northern countries, not so much.
“But for the Latin countries, I always felt give them six months and after you start to [see them at their best].”
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