Chelsea striker Timo Werner has admitted that Frank Lampard had told him prior to Wednesday evening’s Champions League victory over Rennes that he would be on penalty duty should the Blues be awarded any.
Lampard made the decision after seeing long-term penalty taker Jorginho miss from the spot in last week’s 4-0 win over FC Krasnodar in Russia, with Werner later stepping up in the contest to score from the spot.
On Wednesday evening, Werner got the chance to showcase his qualities from 12 yards once again, as the Blues were handed two first half penalties against their Ligue 1 opponents.
Werner stepped up to the plate on both occasions to fire Chelsea into a commanding 2-0 lead by half time.
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“Before the game, the manager told me I was on penalties,” Werner told BT Sport. “I had two today, which is a little bit crazy, but I’ll take it. Good goals for a striker, and I hope I can go on like this.
“I think when you want to score 20 or more goals, then you have a to take a few penalties in the season. That’s the thing that gives strikers the goals, when you are at the high levels.
“I’m happy Jorgi [Jorginho] is cool with that and I think it’s another point that speaks for our team, we have no selfish players, and we want to go in one direction.”
Whilst Werner, who has now scored seven goals for the Blues following his summer switch from RB Leipzig, was delighted to have increased his own goal tally, he was delighted to have helped his side record a second successive Champions League win and a third in a row in all competitions.
“I think we had a very good game today, we played very well,” Werner continued. “I think both penalties were right, so we go 2-0 in the first-half.
“We have one more man on the pitch and we can control the game. In the end maybe, we can…