TIME WERNER has admitted his guilt over Frank Lampard getting the Chelsea axe.
The German striker arrived in a big-money move from RB Leipzig last summer but has struggled to find his form at Stamford Bridge.
Werner, 24, scored once and provided three assists in 19 matches – a miserable return that contributed to Lampard’s sacking last month.
He now appears to be finding his feet in England following the arrival of Thomas Tuchel into the dug-out with that exact same output in just three appearances under his compatriot.
Werner has now opened up to Sky Sports over that difficult period of 14 games without a goal.
And he revealed he feels ‘guilty’ over club legend Lampard getting the axe as Chelsea prepare to take on Manchester United today.
The £47.5m forward said: “When you come here to play as a striker and be the man to score the goals, of course I felt a little bit guilty that I missed so many chances.
“For the club, for the old manager but also for me because I want to score all the time and as much as I possibly can.
“Of course, if I'd scored four or five more goals maybe the old manager would still be here because we'd maybe have won two or three games more but you can't look too much into the past because there are too many games ahead of us.
“The past was like this and of course I feel a little bit guilty, but in football you have to go on, and now we have a lot of big games in the next few weeks and you have to look forward, especially when you have a new manager.
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“It's a new beginning for everybody, for me as well because I'd missed so many chances and so many points, maybe I start now with a new start, and it's worked very well until now.”
Discussing his upturn in form under Tuchel, he added: “I understood the old manager very well. It was not because of the language, but when you can talk German to someone, there are things he can explain to me easier than the old manager could.
“It's different when you talk to someone in your own language because one word is enough to make a sentence completely different.
“For me, that was the thing he changed. He knows me and his assistants know me from the Bundesliga.
“He gave me trust back and confidence back to be the Timo from the Bundesliga, to be back at the top and scoring goals.”
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