Timo Werner likened to Arsenal flop after Chelsea victory over Atletico Madrid
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Timo Werner likened to Arsenal flop after Chelsea victory over Atletico Madrid

Timo Werner was criticized by Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand following his performance during Chelsea's win over Atletico Madrid on Tuesday evening. 

Chelsea secured a 1-0 victory in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 clash thanks to Olivier Giroud's second-half bicycle kick in the second half. Werner squandered several good opportunities and Ferdinand was far from being impressed.

"It’s just frustrating watching him because you’ve seen clips of him and you’ve seen what he can do," he BT Sport. 

"I feel like [his first-half miss] is not an easy chance but you’d like to see him get it on target and get a better connection on the ball. But he just frustrates you. There are far too many times where he’s too loose in possession when building up or decision-making when he gets into [dangerous] areas."

"Sometimes fast players sometimes have to slow the game down in their mind. They’re running so fast everything else is a blur, and that’s maybe how he seems at the moment."

Meanwhile, Joe Cole compared Werner's displays to those of a teenage Theo Walcott during his early at Arsenal. Walcott had a blistering speed but struggled to be clinical in front of the goal. 

"It was like a young Theo Walcott, wasn’t it?’ said the former Chelsea man," he said.

"When you used to watch Theo play he was so exciting, so much talent, but it wasn’t until the latter stages of his career when he put it all together and started scoring more goals regularly."

‘We mustn’t – and we’re not – going to give up on Timo Werner, it’s early days and there is so much scope there because he has got some natural, raw ability."

"But I reckon with good coaches – and he has got good coaches – he will start to kick on, but they just need to be patient with him."

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