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Werner criticizes stadium atmosphere in Germany, says he was 'hated very much'

By Akhil Fisher

Timo Werner’s spell at RB Leipzig was a fruitful one. The German striker spent four seasons from 2016 to 2020 at the Red Bull Arena before parting ways and heading to London.

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The centre-forward played out a staggering final season with Leipzig, going on to score 34 goals in 45 appearances across all competitions, before signing for Chelsea in June 2020.

However, he has seen his performances become a shadow of what it once was.

On Tuesday night, Stamford Bridge welcomed FA Cup winners Leicester City in a crucial end-of-the-season league encounter that saw about 10,000 supporters being let in the stadium amid easing of coronavirus restrictions within the UK.

In the clash that saw Chelsea win 2-1, he had two goals disallowed – reflecting how his disappointing debut season has turned out.

Although in the post-match conference, he decided to look at the positives amid chants of support from the Chelsea faithful.

“It was nice to hear that the fans like me and celebrate and cheer me on,” he said.

Adding further, he said: “In Germany there are no songs for players. In Germany it was the opposite, I was hated very much. But here the whole audience was very good to me. You could see how important fans are in the stadium.”

The former Stuttgart forward has endured a tough initial season with the Blues according to his promising standards.

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