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Philly, we often see things the same way. Werner IS a hard 1 to figure out.

He has not been the goal scorer that Chelsea fans had hoped for, so I and many others have considered him to be a disappointment. (On the other hand, Werner has lots of assists, including the winning goal in the 92nd minute of Chelsea’s 2-1 win at Man City on May 8 and Chelsea’s goal in its 1-0 win against Man City in the semi-finals of the FA Cup on April 17.)

In an earlier post a few weeks ago, I too said that I’d like to see Pulisic & Havertz instead of Werner & Havertz. However, I read something shortly before the finals that made me change my mind. It was a preview on the Chelsea website. (I wanted to link the article to this post, but I couldn’t find it when I looked for it moments ago.) (A related admission: I’m not an Xs and Os guy.) Anyway, the author of the article explained that in its 2 previous wins against Man City, Chelsea had taken advantage of Man City’s unusually high line on defense (they set up their defensive line near midfield and dare opponents to try long passes) and that Werner’s speed had been a crucial factor in allowing Chelsea to exploit the space behind Man City’s high line. The article showed video clips which illustrated their point. (Look at Werner’s 2 assists in the linked video -- the first one was disallowed because Ziyech was slightly offside; the 2nd one was the game’s only goal.) The article convinced me that Werner would be one of our key players in the finals.

And as I recall, Werner & Havertz played pretty well together when they were paired several weeks ago. (I can’t remember the specific match, as there have been so many lately.)

Let’s look in detail at Chelsea’s goal yesterday. This is what I saw in the replay:

Mendy’s kicks the ball to Chilwell near the/Chelsea’s left sideline in the defensive end. Chilwell volleys the ball brilliantly to Mount & Walker is caught in between the 2 of them, as the commentator on CBS pointed out. Mount made a fantastic pass to Havertz, but what created all that empty space into which Havertz made his run. It was Werner. He made a run before Havertz did & he drew Man City’s defense with him. It won’t go onto the score sheet, but Werner played a critical role on the winning goal. (Here is the website on which I watched the replay: )

I have been wrong about Werner; he does more for Chelsea than I have been giving him credit for.

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Posted: 05/30/2021 at 4:58PM


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