Timo Werner has predicted Chelsea’s chances of winning the Champions League ahead of their clash against Rennes. Frank Lampard’s men host the Ligue 1 outfit at Stamford Bridge in Wednesday’s Group E game.
Chelsea go into the game looking to build on last week’s 4-0 victory away to Krasnodar, which came on the back of a 0-0 draw at home to Europa League winners Sevilla in their opening group game.
Last season, Lampard’s side reached the last-16 stage of the Champions League before they were knocked out by eventual champions Bayern Munich.
The manager also secured another shot at Europe’s top club competition by guiding the west Londoners to a fourth-placed finish in the Premier League.
And after a £250million summer spending spree which brought the likes of Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech to Stamford Bridge, expectation is high that Chelsea can make an impact both domestically and on the continent.
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And Germany striker Werner has made it clear Chelsea are not just in the Champions League to make up the numbers – targeting a second European Cup triumph for the club either this season or in the next few years.
And he says the current campaign presents the perfect opportunity, with clubs facing bunched up fixture lists amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
“We are not here to say ‘We will get in the next round and we will see’ – we are here to win the Champions League,” Werner said in the pre-match press conference.
“This year there is a good chance. Everybody has a lot of games, every team has to think about how they manage it, who they can play, how many games can they play?
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“We have a good chance this year – but also in the next years. Like I said when I arrived – I came here to win titles.
“We have a big squad of so many good players. We have to have the goal to go very far in the Champions League. We are strong enough to beat any team in the world.”
Werner has made a promising start to life at Chelsea, having notched three Premier League goals and one strike in the Champions League so far.
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“I think the first 10 games were really good for me,’ the 24-year-old added. “I have already learnt a lot.
“It is different to German football due to the way we play. It is a lot of fun to play here. We have a good team.
“Since everyone has been fit and come out of quarantine, we have become a very good team. For me it makes it a lot of fun.”
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